LB presents the Full Story of a Midfield Engine best known by the Nickname; ‘Bakoko’. Our Tiemoue Bakayoko Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts bring to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis of the Ex-Chelsea and French professional footballer involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF-Pitch facts about him. Now without further adieu, let’s begin.
Tiemoue Bakayoko Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Bakayoko was born in Paris on 17 August 1994 to parents who migrated from the Ivory Coast to the capital of France to make a better living.
Just like many of his black pairs, he is of French- Ivorian heritage. While growing up, he lived in the neighbourhood of Barbès which has a large number of people of African descent.
It was a neighbourhood in Paris historically known for its huge large number of black people from African immigration.
Tiemoue Bakayoko while as a child saw his parents work out all sorts of menial jobs just to put food on the table and send monies to extended families at Ivory Coast.
Most menial jobs as at that period pursued more by black Africans, even the very educated ones. Going to school was not a priority for the young lad.
Tiemoue Bakayoko Biography Facts – Inspired by a World Cup:
Just like Sadio Mane, he got inspired in football through the France 1998 World Cup. He was first stunned by seeing Senegal, a neighbour to his homeland (Ivory Coast) outsmarting France in the opener and watching France going down to talk the glory of the tournament.
According to him, “I was inspired by the bravery of notable black French players in the team. I was a person who loved great defenders and defensive midfielders. The likes of Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram and Marcel Desailly were my favourite.
Their performances ignited a career part for me. However, I can’t fail to mention Claude Makelele who laid the foundation of what I have become.”
Like many other black kids, education was skipped for Bakayoko, he became obsessed with football immediately after the France 1998 world cup tournament.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s parents understood his calling and provided all support he needed to have a proper start. They registered him at a football academy (Le club de football de PARIS 15) at the age of 5.
Bakayoko showed the greatest level of brilliance while playing football at his first academy level. He was way above the average kid at the academy and was at some point crowned as the best kid footballer.
Paris 15 kept him for four years (up to age 9) before allowing his parents to initiate a switch to a better academy by the name –CA Paris Charenton. He only played for a year at Charenton before making another move to Montrogue FC 92. At this club, he met an insurmountable problem, a waterloo.
As a young player (age 10) while playing for Montrogue FC 92, Bakayoko suffered a broken leg through what he termed was ‘a nasty challenge’ from an opponent. The severity of the injury led to a long term halt in his young career.
“At some point in time, I saw my young career coming to an abrupt end”. It was a period of intensive sufferings for me. My recovery process was slow and it saw me spend nearly 3 years without playing football” says Bakayoko.
In the year 2008, a full recovery from distal humerus fracture was confirmed. He was only 13 years as at then. He waited for few weeks to confirm full recovery before picking where he left off in his career.
Unfortunately, no club picked him due to loss of form. He suffered rejections even from his previous football academies.
It was the football academy at Rennes that finally gave him an opportunity to regain his form after several thoughts by the management.
They considered the fact that he was once rated very high in his old clubs. This happened in 2009 when he was just 14 years of age.
Tiemoue Bakayoko Biography – Following Makalele’s Footsteps:
Following his first two seasons at Monaco, in which he made 31 Ligue 1 performances, Bakayoko decided to change his behaviour to fulfil his potential.
All thanks to his mentor, Claude Makelele who was appointed as a Monaco technical director in January 2016.
According to Bakayoko,
It didn’t take long before he observed he could take care of himself more off the pitch. On the pitch, he became a regular starter for Monaco, helping the club win the league 1 title in the 2016/2017 season.
Not only had he established himself as an important part of Monaco’s team with consistent performances, but he had also fewer injuries and his application during training was no longer criticised.
Today, Bakayoko has finally matured. He has put his combination of power and vision in central midfield to good use.
Style of Play:
Bakayoko has been compared to Yaya Touré due to his strong all-around qualities of pace, intelligent reading of the game, ability to intercept passes and accomplished tackling, passing and dribbling. His most important quality is his physicality and athleticism.
He is a specialist in the defensive midfield role. His ability to break up attacks and making driving forward runs was something only two players (Gabi and Danny Drinkwater) achieved more in the 2016/2017 champions league season.
Bakayoko’s manager at Monaco, Leonardo Jardim, once said: “He wins a lot of balls, brings balance to the team. He passes the ball well and wins his duels. That is Bakayoko’s role. He is a complete midfielder, an important athletic presence, he’s good at recovery and scoring decisive goals.”
The Black Knight:
Of all the qualities he has, Bayoko’s toughness and ruggedness is right up there and that is his selling point.
A lot of people have asked why he wears a mask?… Now we give you the answer.
Bakayoko once broke his nose in training in the run-up to Monaco’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Juventus.
He didn’t let that deter him from starting against the Italians, and decided to wear a special protective black face mask that lent him the air of a Marvel superhero and title of the ‘Dark Knight’.
Bakayoko still feels pains in his previously broken left knee. As written above, he overcame a lengthy spell sidelined with a broken leg as a youngster.
From pink to black (Part 2):
In fact, Bakayoko experienced lots of changes in his lifestyle Following his encounter with the former French international Claude Makelele. He transformed from having a normal to a dapper look.
Today, he makes an impression, both on and off the pitch. An imposing 1.84m, he is no shrinking violet when it comes to his appearance, dyeing his hair pink one day, blonde the next.
Bakayoko Hair Styles
When he arrived in Monaco in 2014 he could be seen emerging from the fates of a luxury villa behind the wheel of a pink Porsche Cayenne.
Bakayoko once changed all the colour of his cars from pink to black. Additionally, he began boxing and also changed his diet and improved his strength.
But after a sea change in attitude, triggered by his former youth coach at Rennes, he swapped the villa for a more modest apartment and got the Cayenne resprayed black. He explained: “They were saying that I loved the nice things in life, that I wasn’t a grafter, that I’d come (to Monaco) only for a higher salary, which wasn’t the case.”
What’s in his Number?
Bakayoko sported the number 14 on his jersey at Monaco. He chose it in tribute to the 14th arrondissement (district) in Paris where he was born to Ivorian parents on 17 August 1994 and will wear the same number for Chelsea.
Deschamps a fan:
France coach Didier Deschamps is a fully paid-up member of the Bakayoko appreciation society.
The 1998 World Cup-winning captain knows a thing or two about the ingredients that go into making a great player.
He summoned Bakayoko to join the French squad a week after his key role in dumping Manchester City out of Europe. Deschamps then said: “He’s powerful, makes an impact, scores decisive goals, makes goals and is a great all-rounder.”
Tiemoue Bakayoko Biography – His Header Humbled City:
Anytime Manchester City will arrive at Stamford Bridge to see Bakayoko playing, they will be only too aware of the damage he is capable of wreaking. Thanks to history.
Back in March, his superb header 13 minutes from time condemned Pep Guardiola’s City to a painful Champions League last-16 exit on away goals. City arrived in the principality in control of the tie after a 5-3 first-leg win.
And with 19 minutes to go, they were 6-5 in front, only for Bakayoko to turn home Thomas Lemar’s free-kick to give Monaco a famous victory. “It’s an immense joy to score in the Champions League. I didn’t expect this,” he said.
Why Chelsea FC Signed Him:
The truth be told. They stole him from Mourinho’s plans. The special one loved him because he meets his specification. (Strong, Powerful and Quick).
Tiemoue Bakayoko chose Chelsea instead of Manchester United because he prefers Antonio Conte to Jose Mourinho. He even turned down calls from the Special One which made him depressed.
Bakayoko said at the time of his arrival at Chelsea: “It was amazing to have Mourinho call me, even though I’d been warned before how he would appeal to me in the most convincing way.
I listened to his arguments about why I should move to United. He never knew something, I have grown up watching Chelsea and not him. Signing for Chelsea was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.”
Perhaps another reason for a more intense rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Arriving Chelsea on a Private Jet:
Tiemoue Bakayoko got Chelsea fans excited by posting a picture of himself getting onto a private jet that was set to fly to London from France. This jet took him to London to join the Blues. This was his visit to undergo a medical and sign a contract with Chelsea.
He accompanied the picture with the message: “Plane, Let’s go … I’m gonna have a good week with Chelsea FC” accompanied by a pair of plane emojis.