Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Rachid Ghezzal was born on 9 May, 1992. He is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ligue 1 side Monaco and the Algeria national team. Ghezzal is the younger brother of Algerian international Abdelkader Ghezzal. He has an older brother, Abdelkader Ghezzal, a former footballer who played, most notably for Parma Calcio 1913.
In July 2010, Ghezzal signed a five-year élite contract with Lyon. After featuring with the club’s reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur for two consecutive seasons, ahead of the 2012–13 season, he was promoted to the senior team by manager Rémi Garde and assigned the number 31 shirt. Rachid made his senior team debut on 4 October 2012 in a UEFA Europa League group stage away match against Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona; he started the match as Lyon won the contest 4–3.
In the 2013–14 season, Ghezzal suffered a back injury for the first 6 months of Lyon’s campaign, which saw him out of action until 10 January 2014, missing 32 of Lyon’s games in the process. He then returned to the squad but did not make any appearances for Lyon for the rest of the season; either being not named in match day squads or being named on the bench. Since January 2016, he had been playing regularly. He finished the 2015–16 season with 8 goals and 8 assists in 29 Ligue 1 matches. In June 2017, Lyon announced that Ghezzal’s contract would not be renewed.
At international senior level, Rachid was eligible to represent both France and Algeria and had stated his preference is to represent the latter nation. In 2013, he received the call from France U20 to compete in the Toulon Tournament. However, he later chose to play for Algeria, scoring his first goal in March 2016 against Ethiopia.