Nabil Fekir provides moments of pure magic. On LaLiga Santander Matchday 28, during Real Betis' home match against Levante, he scored a superb solo goal that Diego Maradona himself would have been proud of.
But his contribution to the team goes much further. With three goals and six assists this season, with just 10 games remaining, the French international has been key to the Verdiblancos' good season.
Manuel Pellegrini's team is entering the final stage of LaLiga Santander 2020/21 fighting to qualify for European competitions, with Fekir leading the charge. Here are five things you might not know about the attacker, who won the World Cup in 2018:
Nabil Fekir grew up in Jaques Monod, a suburb of Villerbaunne in Lyon (France). A neighborhood where opportunities are scarce. From a very young age he stood out with the ball at his feet and that led to him receiving the call from Olympique de Lyon at just 12 years old.
The French midfielder has a small scar on his face after a bowl of boiling oil fell on him when he was a child.
At just 14 years old, Olympique de Lyon passed on the opportunity to sign Fekir as he suffered from Osgood-Schlatter Disease, a disease that causes swelling and pain in the legs during adolescence. After playing for other teams, Lyon got him back by including his driver's license fee in the contract.
Fekir is the third world champion to play for Real Betis, after Nery Pumpido (Argentina 1986) and Denilson de Oliveira (Brazil 2002).
This 2020/21 season, as of Matchday 28, Nabil Fekir ranks third for most completed dribbles in LaLiga Santander.