Masour Ousmane Dembélé is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for the French national team. Born in Vernon, Dembélé began his career at Rennes before joining Dortmund in 2016. He won the DFB-Pokal with die Borussen in the 2016–17 season, scoring a goal in the final. A year later, he transferred to Barcelona for an initial fee of €105 million, becoming at the time the joint-second most expensive footballer ever alongside compatriot Paul Pogba. Dembélé subsequently won the double of La Liga and Copa del Rey in an injury-riddled first season in Spain. After winning 20 caps and scoring five goals at youth level, Dembélé made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was chosen in France’s squad for the 2018 World Cup which they won.
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A winger that can play on either wings because of his ability to use both feet and using his technical ability and agility to beat defenders on one-on-one situations. Ousmane can operate as a left attacking midfielder or right attacking midfielder in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation. His clinical finishing and an eye for goal means he can operate as a striker. Often compared to Neymar and Ronaldinho by fans for his show-boating and trickery, sudden change of pace and feints. Dembélé earned high praise from Barça legend Andrés Iniesta for his game-changing qualities. Dembélé is well-known for his ability to use both feet. His dribbling ability and performance of tricks allows him to cut through from the left or right in order to score or create goalscoring opportunities for teammates. A highly skillful player, Dembélé has great quality in terms of shooting from distance. The French uses his speed for beating opponents and has excellent crossing ability. His creativity is exceptional when in possession of the ball. During a counterattack he is a big threat, because of his intelligent runs. In March of 2019 Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Dembélé, “Is better than Neymar”.
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Ousmane Dembelè is a big basketball’s fan and in particular of NBA. During his 2018 summer holiday, after the World Cup’s triumph visited Miami Heat’s faclities, trying out his shots at the NBA side’s home, showing on his social media that he had fun and showed off his skill with basketball. During his visit to Miami Heat he was gifted with a team’s jersey with number 27 (player’s home town department’s number) and “Dembrook” name on the back, a word pun between “Dembelè” and “Westbrook” that was named 2017/2018 NBA MVP. So Ousmane Dembelè keep the #dembrook27 hashtag also on the boots he wore in the first games of the 2018/2019 season.
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These boots worn by Dembelè were especially made to celebrate his friend Abdelhak Nouri. Nouri was #24 Ajax player that has been in a serious condition after collapsing on the pitch in a game in 2017, suffering serious brain injuries. Nouri collapsed in an Ajax pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in October 2017. The 21-year-old midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest and was helicoptered straight to intensive care and placed in an induced coma. Luckily, he has been showing gradual recovery in recent months, but whether he will make a significant recovery is unknown. Several members of the footballing world have showed their support to the Ajax man, including Patrick Kluivert, who chose the number 34 at Roma, the same one his friend wore at the Dutch club. Dembelè celebrated Nouri wearing his name and his number 24 printed on his boots in several games, including the Champions League game against PSV, where Dembele also scored and he invited Nouri’s brother to Camp Nou in Barcelona to watch the game.
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Dembele with Nouri’s brother