Youssef En-Nesyri

Youssef En-Nesyri (born 1 June 1997) is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club CD Leganés as a striker and the Morocco national team.

Youssef En-Nesyri
En-Nesyri with Leganés in 2018
Personal information
Full name Youssef En-Nesyri[1]
Date of birth (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997
Place of birth Fez, Morocco
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 26
Youth career
Maghreb Fez
2011–2015 AM Football
2015–2016 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Málaga B 6 (6)
2016–2018 Málaga 38 (5)
2018– Leganés 31 (10)
National team
2015–2016 Morocco U20 7 (3)
2016– Morocco 32 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:31, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:27, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

Club career


After starting his youth career at Mohammed VI Football Academy, En-Nesyri joined Málaga CF for a fee of 125,000 in 2015.[3] Initially assigned to the Juvenil squad, he made his senior debut for the reserves on 16 April 2016, scoring the last in a 3–1 Tercera División away win against Guadix CF.[4] He netted back-to-back goals in the following three matches against CD Huétor Tájar,[5] River Melilla CF[6] and FC Vilafranca[7] and went on to become an integral player for the reserve side which narrowly missed promotion to Segunda Division B.[8]

On 8 July 2016, En-Nesyri was included in first team manager Juande Ramos' pre-season squad,[9] and scored a double in a 4–0 friendly win against Algeciras CF eight days later.[10]

On 23 August 2016, after scoring six goals during the pre-season, En-Nesyri agreed to a contract extension until 2020.[11] Three days later he made his professional – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a late substitute for Keko in a 2–2 away draw against RCD Espanyol.[12]

En-Nesyri scored his first professional goal on 21 September 2016, netting the winner in a 2–1 home victory against SD Eibar, after coming on as a substitute for Charles.[13] He contributed with four goals in 25 league appearances during the 2017–18 campaign, as his side suffered relegation.


On 17 August 2018, following Malaga's relegation from the La Liga, En-Nesyri signed a five-year contract with CD Leganés in the main category.[14] In February 2019, he scored a hat-trick in a game against Real Betis, becoming the first Leganés player to do so in La Liga.[15]

International career

After representing Morocco at under-20 level, En-Nesyri was called up to the full squad by manager Hervé Renard on 22 August 2016, for friendlies against Albania and São Tomé and Príncipe.[16] He made his debut against the former nine days later, starting in a 0–0 draw at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër. He was included in the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and scored against Spain in the group stages after coming on as a late substitute.

Career statistics


As of match played 19 November 2019[17]

International goals

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[17]
1.20 January 2017Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon Togo3–13–12017 Africa Cup of Nations
2.9 June 2018A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia Estonia3–03–1Friendly
3.25 June 2018Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia Spain2–12–22018 FIFA World Cup
4.8 September 2018Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco Malawi2–03–02019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6.20 November 2018Stade Olympique de Radès, Rades, Tunisia Tunisia1–01–0Friendly
7.28 June 2019Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt Ivory Coast1–01–02019 Africa Cup of Nations
8.5 July 2019 Benin1–11–1 (1–4 pen.)2019 Africa Cup of Nations
9.19 November 2019Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium, Bujumbura, Burundi Burundi2–03–02021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. "Acta del Partido celebrado el 11 de septiembre de 2017, en Málaga" [Minutes of the Match held on 11 September 2017, in Málaga] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  3. "En-Nesyri llama a la puerta" [En-Nesyri knocks on the door] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Málaga. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  4. "La Academia results". Málaga CF. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. "El Atl. Malagueño mantiene el pulso al liderato" [Atl. Malagueño keep the pulse to the leadership] (in Spanish). 101TV. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  6. "El Malagueño golea al Ríver Melilla, pero no consigue alcanzar el liderato" [Malagueño thrash Ríver Melilla, but cannot reach leadership] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  7. "La Rosaleda selló el pase a la siguiente ronda (2–0)" [La Rosaleda went through the following round (2–0)] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  8. Gallardo, Antonio (6 September 2016). "Málaga | En-Nesyri: from Málaga B to full international in two months". AS English. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  9. "Málaga CF kicks off 2016/17 pre-season". Málaga CF. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. "El Málaga CF se estrena en la pretemporada con victoria" [Málaga CF debut in the pre-season with victory]. Málaga CF. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  11. "El Málaga blinda a En Nesyri: 20 millones de cláusula" [Málaga tie up En Nesyri: 20 million release clause] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  12. "El Espanyol regala un punto al Málaga" [Espanyol give a point to Málaga] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  13. "En Nesyri se presenta ante el mundo del fútbol" [En Nesyri presents himself to the footballing world] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  14. "El Leganés confirma la contratación de En-Nesyri por cinco temporadas" [Leganés confirm the signing of En-Nesyri for five seasons] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  15. Okeleji, Oluwashina (10 February 2019). "Youssef En-Nesyri: Moroccan revels in La Liga 'hat-trick' record". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. "En-Nesyri, called-up to Morocco's national team". Málaga CF. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  17. Youssef En-Nesyri at

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