Adnan Januzaj, the Belgian professional footballer, was born on 5th February 1995 in Brussels. The left footed winger is known for his ability to seamlessly fit into any position in the attack.
Possessing exquisite control of the ball along with a brilliant vision and technical ability, the prodigy was one of the most exciting prospects when he joined Manchester United in 2013.
Representing Belgium at the international level, the player currently plays for La Liga club Real Sociedad.
Footballing days began early for the player as he joined local club Brussels FC in 2001 at the age of 6. He then joined Anderlecht as a 10 year old, which is Belgium’s most successful football team in European competitions. Januzaj spent 6 years at the club’s youth academy before Manchester United came calling in 2011.
Adnan Januzaj was included in United’s first team in the 2012-2013 but had to wait some time for his competitive debut, which came in 2013 in a match against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield. His premier league debut came a month later, in a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.
His international debut came amidst controversies in a warm up game against Tunisia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Rise and Fall
When Adnan got the chance to start the game for his team, he announced his arrival in style. Playing against Sunderland, Januzaj scored twice to help his team win 2-1 after conceding a goal. Even though he had only player 10 games for United, Adnan was nominated for the 2013 edition of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
The next two seasons were disappointing for the prodigy as he repeatedly failed to live up to the expectations and earned a reputation for diving. Consequently, he was sent to Dortmund on a season-long loan. He was called back to United early in 2016 after playing only 12 games for Dortmund.
In August 2016, Januzaj decided to move to Sunderland for another season-long loan. Despite coming on 25 league appearances, he failed to score a single goal. After failing to hold his place in United squad, Januzaj decided to leave the club in 2017. He signed a five year contract with Spanish club Real Sociedad in the same year and has appeared 9 times for the club, while scoring on 2 occasions.
The 23 old in his small career has been overwhelmed with controversies and has not been able to live up to his potential. However with his move to Real Sociedad, things might change for the good. With the FIFA World Cup just round the corner, it will be interesting to see how the Belgian footballing sensation fares in the coming years.