Who is Man United legend Patrice Evra?
Patrice Evra, who was born on 15 May 1981, is a French former professional footballer. Evra played as a left-back for the Premier League club Man United. Patrice started his career with the Italian team Marsala.
The following campaign, Evra joined Monza but returned to Ligue 1 a year later to play for Nice, where the footballer was converted into a full-back. In 2002, Patrice joined Monaco and was part of the club that reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final.
Patrice’s displays for the French club culminated in a move to Premier League giants Man United in winter 2006, where Evra went on to win a collection of trophies, including five Premier League trophies and Champions League.
In 2014, Evra joined the Italian club Juventus before moving to Marseille in winter 2017. Patrice was released in November 2017 after being banned from the UEFA tournament for seven months for kicking a fan before a UEFA Europa League game.
Following a short-term deal with West Ham United in winter 2018, Patrice retired from professional football in summer 2019.
Patrice was named to the PFA Team of the Year on three occasions and the FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year. In France, Evra was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.
Patrice Evra’s international career
Evra has played in five major international competitions for Les Bleus. Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Patrice was named captain of France by coach Raymond Domenech.
At the competition, Evra appeared in two group games, although Les Bleus had a terrible campaign that saw the footballers go on strike after a first-round elimination. The incident resulted in Patrice, for his role as captain, being suspended from Les Bleus squad duty for five games, according to a report.
Evra returned to the team and enjoyed a successful 2014 Mundial in Brazil under Didier Deschamps as Les Bleus reached the quarter-finals. In May 2016, Patrice was named in France’s 23-man team for Euro 2016 to be played on home soil.
On 10 June, Evra was later included in the starting line-up for Les Bleus’ opening game of the competition with Romania, playing the entire 90 minutes of the fixture.
In the semi-final with Germany in July, the defender drew praise from the media as Patrice helped win a penalty for his side and produced a solid defensive performance to help Les Bleus keep a clean sheet and defeat Germany 2–0 to advance to the final of the tournament. In the final, Les Bleus suffered a 1–0 extra-time defeat to Portugal.