Lacina Traoré was born on 20 August, 1990. He is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club Amiens, on loan from Monaco. He is nicknamed “The Big Tree”, due to his 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) frame, which puts him among the tallest professional footballers. Growing up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Traoré began his career with Jean-Marc Guillou’s football school ASEC Mimosas, before joining Stade d’Abidjan in 2006. He played in Abidjan until January 2008, when he joined the Romanian club CFR Cluj.
Traoré made his European debut with CFR, scoring a second goal in the first match of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, against Copenhagen. He then scored another goal in the 3–2 home loss against Sparta Prague.
In February 2011, Lacina transferred to Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League for a reported fee of €6 million. In the opening game of the season on 13 March 2011, he made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 2–0 loss against Rubin Kazan. On 2 April 2011, he scored his first league goal of the season, followed up by setting up a goal for Vladislav Kulik in a 3–1 win over Spartak Moscow. After the match, Traoré says he dedicated his first goal to the club’s supporters. Islam then scored his first brace in Russian Football and set up a goal for Gheorghe Bucur in a 3–2 win over Amkar Perm.
On 29 June 2012, it was reported that they had signed Lacina for an undisclosed fee. Media reports estimated the transfer fee to be around €18 million. Upon joining the club, he was given number 19 shirt and aimed to make the club very successful in the near future.
On 4 January 2014, Traoré signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Ligue 1 side Monaco. The fee is said to be around $14 million. Traoré also have previous interests with the club in the last summer transfer window. Monaco was planning to sign Lacina and then loan him back to Anzhi.