Thomas Partey

Thomas Teye Partey (born 13 June 1993), often simply known as Thomas, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Ghana national team.

Thomas Partey
Thomas with Atlético Madrid in 2019
Personal information
Full name Thomas Teye Partey[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993
Place of birth Krobo Odumase, Ghana
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 5
Youth career
2011-2012 Odometah FC[2]
2012–2013 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Atlético Madrid B 28 (3)
2013–2014Mallorca (loan) 37 (5)
2014–2015Almería (loan) 31 (4)
2015– Atlético Madrid 107 (10)
National team
2016– Ghana 27 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:56, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:43, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Atlético Madrid

Born in Krobo Odumase, Thomas was a product of local Odometah FC's youth ranks.[3] He signed a contract with Atlético Madrid in 2011, and was subsequently moved to the reserves a year later. On 10 March 2013, Thomas was called up to the main squad for the match against Real Sociedad.[4] However, he remained unused in the eventual 0–1 home defeat.[5]

Loans to Mallorca and Almería

On 12 July, Thomas was loaned to RCD Mallorca, freshly relegated to the second level.[6] On 18 August, he made his professional debut, in a 0–4 away defeat against CE Sabadell FC.[7] Thomas scored his first professional goal on 15 September, netting his side's second of a 2–2 draw at Hércules CF.[8]

On 27 July 2014, Thomas joined La Liga side UD Almería also in a temporary deal.[9] He made his debut in the competition on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Espanyol.[10] Thomas scored his first goals in the main category of Spanish football on 11 April 2015, netting a brace in a 3–0 home win against Granada CF.[11]

Return to Atlético Madrid

He made his first team debut for Atleti on 28 November 2015, replacing Luciano Vietto in a 1–0 home win against Espanyol.[12] On 2 January of the following year he scored his first league goal for the club, netting the game's only in a home success over Levante UD.[13] On 28 May, Thomas played in the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, replacing Koke in the 116th minute as his side lost on penalties.[14]

Thomas signed a contract extension with Atleti through 2022 on 14 February 2017.[15] Following his impressive performances for the club, he was rewarded with another contract a year later on 1 March 2019, this time until 2023.[16]

On 1 September 2019, Thomas came on as a late substitute and netted the match's winner in the last minute of the game, as Atlético came back from 2–0 down to win the game by 3–2 against Eibar.[17] Almost a month later on 29 September, he marked his 100th La Liga appearance for Los Rojiblancos with a man-of-the-match performance in a 0–0 draw against Real Madrid in Madrid Derby.[18]

International career

In May 2016, Thomas was called up for the first time to the Ghana national team by manager Avram Grant, ahead of a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Mauritius.[19] He made his debut on 5 June, replacing Frank Acheampong for the final 11 minutes of a 2–0 away win that booked the Black Stars' position in the finals.[20] On 5 September 2017, Thomas scored his first international hat-trick in a 5–1 win against Congo in a 2018 World Cup Qualification match.[21]

Career statistics


As of 1 December 2019[22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Mallorca (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División B 37510385
Almería (loan) 2014–15 31410324
Atlético Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 1325150233
2016–17 1612060241
2017–18 33321141495
2018–19 323306010423
2019–20 131005000181
Total 107101223611015613
Career total 175181423611022622


As of matches played on 14 November 2019[23]
Ghana national team

International goals

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[23]
1.1 September 2017Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana Congo1–11–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.5 September 2017Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo2–0
5.10 October 2017King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia3–03–0Friendly
6.30 May 2018International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan Japan2–02–0
7.7 June 2018Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland Iceland2–22–2
8.26 March 2019Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Mauritania3–13–1
9.2 July 2019Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt Guinea-Bissau2–02–02019 Africa Cup of Nations
10.14 November 2019Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast, Ghana South Africa1–02–02021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


Atlético Madrid



  1. "Acta del Partido celebrado el 18 de mayo de 2019, en Valencia" [Minutes of the Match held on 18 May 2019, in Valencia] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. FEATURE: From Odumase to Madrid: Thomas Partey has arrived; , November 17, 2017
  3. FEATURE: From Odumase to Madrid: Thomas Partey has arrived; , November 17, 2017
  4. Oliver Torres y Thomas, novedades en la lista del Atlético (Oliver Torres and Thomas, news in Atlético's list); Marca, 9 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. Prieto ends Atletico's perfect home form Archived 2013-08-24 at; ESPN FC, 10 March 2013
  6. Thomas Teye Partey, nuevo jugador del RCD Mallorca (Thomas Teye Partey, new player of RCD Mallorca) Archived 2013-07-15 at the Wayback Machine; Mallorca's official website, 12 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. El Sabadell golea y es el primer líder de la temporada (Sabadell thrashes and is the season's first leader); Marca, 18 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. El Mallorca dejó escapar la victoria en apenas diez minutos (Mallorca lets victory slip away in only ten minutes); Marca, 15 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. El Almería ficha al ghanés Thomas, un centrocampista de largo recorrido y poderío físico (Almería signs Ghanaian Thomas, a central midfielder with long-haul and physical strength) Archived 2014-07-29 at the Wayback Machine; Almería's official profile, 27 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  10. Sergio García amarga la Feria de madrugada (Sergio García bitters the dawn fair); Marca, 23 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. El Almería pide turno por la salvación (Almería calls turn for the salvation); Marca, 11 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  12. Una máquina de rentabilizar goles (A goal-rentable machine); Marca, 28 November 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. Thomas fue el líder (Thomas was the leader); Marca, 2 January 2016 (in Spanish)
  14. "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  15. "Partey signs new Atletico Madrid contract". ESPN. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  16. "Partey on! Thomas renews with Atletico until 2023". AS. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  17. "Partey scores late winner in epic Atletico Madrid comeback against Eibar". Goal. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  18. "Thomas Partey puts in masterclass performance in Madrid Derby". Goal. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  19. "Feature: Thomas Partey's perfect week". 27 May 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  20. "Atletico Madrid midfielder makes Ghana debut in Mauritius victory". Pulse. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  21. "Congo 1 - 5 Ghana". ESPNFC. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  22. Thomas Partey at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  23. "Thomas Partey". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  24. "Salah and Mane Picked in First Africa Best 11". FIFPro. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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