Born inÂ Vernon, DembÃ©lÃ© began his career atÂ RennesÂ before joiningÂ DortmundÂ in 2016. He won theÂ DFB-PokalÂ withÂ die BorussenÂ in the 2016â€“17 season, scoring a goal in theÂ final. A year later, he transferred to Barcelona for an initial fee of â‚¬105Â million, becoming at the time theÂ joint-second most expensiveÂ footballer ever alongside compatriotÂ Paul Pogba. DembÃ©lÃ© subsequently won the double ofÂ La LigaÂ andÂ Copa del ReyÂ inÂ an injury-riddled first seasonÂ in Spain.
After winning 20 caps and scoring five goals at youth level, DembÃ©lÃ© made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was chosen in France’s squad for theÂ 2018 World CupÂ which they won.
Early life and career
DembÃ©lÃ© was born inÂ Vernon, Eure, inÂ Normandy. His mother is French of Mauritanian and Senegalese descent, while his father is from Mauritania.Â He took his first footballing steps in nearbyÂ Ã‰vreux, first at ALM Ã‰vreux and then atÂ Ã‰vreux FC 27Â between the ages of 12 and 13.
DembÃ©lÃ© made his senior debut forÂ Rennes‘ reserve side in theÂ Championnat de France Amateur, on 6 September 2014, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute forÂ Zana AllÃ©e. He effectively set upÂ Alseny KouroumaÂ for the second goal of a 2â€“0 home win over the reserves of Breton rivalsÂ Guingamp.Â On 9 November, he scored his first career goal, again coming off the bench in a game at the Stade de la PiverdiÃ¨re, this time against the reserves ofÂ Laval.Â He totalled 13 goals in 18 games in his first season, including aÂ hat-trickÂ on 16 May 2015 in a 6â€“1 win overÂ HÃ©rouville.
On 6 November 2015, DembÃ©lÃ© made his professional debut for Rennes’ first team inÂ Ligue 1Â againstÂ Angers, replacingÂ Kamil GrosickiÂ for the last 5 minutes of the game.Â On 22 November, he scored his first Ligue 1 goal for the first team againstÂ Bordeaux, opening a 2â€“2 draw atÂ Roazhon Park.Â On 9 January 2016, DembÃ©lÃ© found the net again forÂ Les Rouges et Noirs, as they came from 0â€“2 down to draw 2â€“2 against regional rivalsÂ LorientÂ at home.Â On 6 March, he scored his first Ligue 1Â hat-trickÂ in a 4â€“1 victory overÂ NantesÂ in theÂ Derby Breton.
On 12 May 2016, DembÃ©lÃ© signed a five-year contract with German clubÂ Borussia Dortmund, effective 1 July.Â On 14 August 2016, he made his debut in a 2â€“0 defeat againstÂ Bayern MunichÂ in theÂ DFL-Supercup.Â He scored his first goal forÂ die BorussenÂ on 20 September 2016, in aÂ BundesligaÂ encounter againstÂ VfL Wolfsburg, which Dortmund won 5â€“1 at theÂ Volkswagen Arena.Â On 22 November 2016, he scored the firstÂ Champions LeagueÂ goal of his career as the German club defeatedÂ Legia WarsawÂ 8â€“4 in a group stage meeting.
On 26 April 2017, DembÃ©lÃ© assistedÂ Aubameyang‘s goal and scored the 74th-minute winner against Bayern Munich in theÂ DFB-Pokal‘s semi-final, helping Dortmund reach the cup final.Â InÂ the decisive gameÂ on 27 May, he scored the first goal of a 2â€“1 victory as Dortmund clinched their first major title in five years by winning theÂ 2017 DFB-Pokal FinalÂ againstÂ Eintracht Frankfurt. DembÃ©lÃ© was subsequently namedÂ Man of the Match.Â After the end of the season, DembÃ©lÃ© was named to the BundesligaÂ Team of the SeasonÂ and awarded the league’sÂ Rookie of the SeasonÂ award.
On 25 August 2017,Â La LigaÂ sideÂ BarcelonaÂ announced that they had reached an agreement to sign DembÃ©lÃ© for â‚¬105Â million plus a reported â‚¬40Â million add-ons.Â On 28 August, he had his medical and signed a five-year contract, with hisÂ buyout clauseÂ set at â‚¬400Â million.Â Barcelona had just soldÂ NeymarÂ toÂ Paris Saint-GermainÂ for â‚¬222Â million, so the deal meant that DembÃ©lÃ© became theÂ joint-second most expensive player (in euros), along withÂ Paul Pogba. Rennes received a reported â‚¬20Â million from Borussia Dortmund as a result of the sale,Â and Ã‰vreux 27 were also due part of the fee.Â He was handed the number 11 jersey that was previously held by Neymar.
DembÃ©lÃ© made his debut on 9 September as a 68th-minute substitute forÂ Gerard DeulofeuÂ in a 5â€“0Â Derbi barcelonÃÂ win overÂ EspanyolÂ at theÂ Camp Nou, assisting the final goal byÂ Luis SuÃ¡rez.Â In his first league start eight days later atÂ Getafe, he injured his hamstring and was ruled out for four months.Â He was given the medical all-clear on 2 January 2018,Â but a couple weeks later, he again injured himself againstÂ Real SociedadÂ and was ruled out for up to four weeks.Â On 14 March 2018, DembÃ©lÃ© scored his first goal for Barcelona, netting the second goal in a 3â€“0 second leg win in theÂ Champions LeagueÂ round of 16 againstÂ Chelsea.Â On 17 April, he scored his first La Liga goal for Barcelona, notching the opening goal in an eventual 2â€“2 draw withÂ Celta Vigo.Â On 9 May, DembÃ©lÃ© scored twice, marking the first brace of hisÂ BlaugranaÂ career, in a 5â€“1 home victory overÂ Villarreal.Â DembÃ©lÃ© won both theÂ Copa del ReyÂ and La Liga winners’ medals in his first season in Spain, with the 20-year old scoring four goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.
On 12 August 2018, DembÃ©lÃ© scored the winning goal againstÂ SevillaÂ in theÂ Spanish Super Cup, in an eventual 2â€“1 victory to win Barcelona their 13thÂ Supercopa de EspaÃ±aÂ title.Â He opened hisÂ La Liga season’sÂ goal tally by scoring the only goal of the game againstÂ Real Valladolid, on 25 August, away at theÂ JosÃ© Zorrilla.Â A week later, on 2 September, DembÃ©lÃ© notched his first home goal ofÂ the season, as theÂ BlaugranaÂ demolished newly promotedÂ HuescaÂ 8â€“2.Â DembÃ©lÃ© was again on the scoresheet the very next game, on 15 September, netting his third match winner of the ongoing campaign in a 2â€“1 away victory overÂ Real SociedadÂ at theÂ Anoeta.Â On 18 September, DembÃ©lÃ© scored his first Champions League goal ofÂ the season, helpingÂ BarÃ§aÂ defeatÂ PSV EindhovenÂ 4â€“0 at theÂ Camp Nou.Â Coming on as a substitute againstÂ Real Madrid, on 28 October, DembÃ©lÃ© set upÂ Arturo Vidal‘s last goal of the game in a 5â€“1 homeÂ El ClÃ¡sicoÂ triumph.Â Just a week later, again appearing from a bench role, he inspired Barcelona to a 3â€“2 comeback away againstÂ Rayo Vallecano, scoring the 2â€“2 equalizer with a half-volley in the 87th minute.
On the 11th of October he scored a remarkable solo goal against Tottenham outpacing many defenders, finishing with a cool left footed shot pastÂ Hugo Lloris. He won the UEFA Champions League Goal Of The Week for that goal. After the match, BarÃ§a managerÂ Ernesto ValverdeÂ praised theÂ youngster, “He has made a great goal, within reach of players with his talent”.
His second brace for the Blaugrana came at the start of the year 2019. On the 17th, a match againstÂ Levante UD. DembÃ©lÃ© scored on the 31st and 32nd minutes. Barcelona winning by three goals to nothing. Additional goal byÂ Lionel Messi, to advance to the next round of theÂ Copa del Rey.Â DembÃ©lÃ©’s third Champions League goal for Barcelona was on the 13th of March in a 5â€“1 win against Lyon. The match was played theÂ Camp NouÂ scoring the last goal from a MessiÂ assist.
DembÃ©lÃ© injured his left hamstring in the opening match of theÂ 2019-20 La Liga season, a 0-1 defeat againstÂ Athletic Bilbao, and was expected to miss five weeks.Â In February 2020, he was suffered a serious hamstring tear and, following surgery, was not expected to return for six months, missing theÂ Euro 2020 finals.
DembÃ©lÃ© was called up to the seniorÂ FranceÂ squad for the first time to faceÂ ItalyÂ andÂ BelarusÂ in August 2016 afterÂ Alexandre LacazetteÂ andÂ Nabil FekirÂ withdrew through injury.Â He made his debut on 1 September against the former at theÂ Stadio San Nicola, replacingÂ Antoine GriezmannÂ for the final 27 minutes of a 3â€“1 friendly win overÂ Italy.Â On 13 June 2017, DembÃ©lÃ© scored his first France goal in a 3â€“2 friendly victory againstÂ England.
Style of play
AÂ wingerÂ that can play on either wing because of his ability to use both feet and using his technical ability andÂ agilityÂ to beatÂ defendersÂ on one-on-one situations. DembÃ©lÃ© can operate as a left attacking midfielder or right attacking midfielder in aÂ 4-4-2Â orÂ 3-5-2Â formation. His clinical finishing and an eye for goal means he can operate as aÂ striker.
Often compared toÂ NeymarÂ andÂ RonaldinhoÂ by fans for his show-boating and trickery, sudden change of pace andÂ feints. DembÃ©lÃ© earned high praise from BarÃ§a legendÂ AndrÃ©s IniestaÂ for his game-changing qualities.
DembÃ©lÃ© is well known for his ability to use both feet. HisÂ dribblingÂ 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, DembÃ©lÃ© has great quality in terms of shooting from distance. TheÂ FrenchÂ uses his speed for beating opponents and hasÂ excellentÂ crossing ability. His creativity is exceptional when in possession of the ball. During aÂ counterattackÂ he is a big threat, because of his intelligent runs.
- As of match played 27 November 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
- Scores and results list France’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each DembÃ©lÃ© goal.
|1||13 June 2017||Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France||7||Â England||3â€“2||3â€“2||Friendly|
|2||1 June 2018||Allianz Riviera, Nice, France||11||Â Italy||3â€“1||3â€“1|
- UNFPÂ Ligue 1Â Young Player of the Year: 2015â€“16
- UNFPÂ Ligue 1Â Player of the Month: March 2016
- UEFA Champions LeagueÂ Breakthrough XI: 2016
- BundesligaÂ Rookie of the Season:Â 2016â€“17
- Bundesliga Team of the Season:Â 2016â€“17