Ryan Sessegnon is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back or left winger for club Tottenham Hotspur. Similarly, the England under-21 national team.
Sessegnon made his breakthrough in the Fulham senior side in 2016, aged 16. He made an instant impact, becoming the first footballer born in the 2000s to score a goal in a first-team game in the professional English leagues, and the youngest player to score in a Championship match. In 2017–18, his second season, Sessegnon helped Fulham achieve promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, scoring fifteen goals and winning numerous personal awards. He totalled 120 games and 25 goals for Fulham, before joining Tottenham for a £25 million fee in 2019.
Early life and career
Sessegnon was born in Roehampton, London, and has a twin brother, Steven, who plays for Fulham. Their elder brother, Chris, is a semi-professional footballer. Sessegnon is a distant cousin of the Beninese international footballer Stéphane Sessègnon.
As a child, Sessegnon, alongside brother Steven, played for local club Wandgas FC. Since 2008, at the age of nine, the pair signed for Fulham, initially joining their under-9s side. Originally a central striker at youth level, he was moved to left back as he progressed. He has cited fellow left-sided players Luke Shaw and Gareth Bale as players he looked up to when he was young, saying, ‘when Shaw was at Southampton he was a left-back and I loved watching him bomb up and down the wing, create goals, score goals, so I think I try to emulate that.’
Having started training with the first team, still aged 15, in March 2016, Sessegnon was promoted to the senior squad by manager of the year Slavisa Jokanovic for the 2016–17 pre-season. He scored his first senior goal on 19 July in a 3–0 friendly win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
On 9 August, Sessegnon made his first-team debut in an EFL Cup match against Leyton Orient aged 16 years and 81 days. On 16 August, he made his league debut in a Championship match against Leeds United in a 1–1 draw. Further, on 20 August, he scored his first professional goal in a league match against Cardiff City. Similarly, becoming the first professional footballer in the English leagues to have been born in the 2000s to score a goal in a first-team game and the youngest player to score in a Championship match.
On 28 July 2017, Fulham announced that Sessegnon would wear the number 3 shirt, moving from his previous number 30. He scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff on 9 September. Similarly, in November 2017, FourFourTwo included Sessegnon in their 100 Best Teenagers in the World list, comparing him with Ashley Cole and David Alaba. On 21 November 2017, Sessegnon marked his 50th appearance for Fulham by scoring his first professional hat-trick in a 5–4 away victory against Sheffield United – becoming the first seventeen-year-old to score a hat-trick in the top four tiers of English league football since Dele Alli in 2014. Similarly, on 19 February, Sessegnon was named tenth in the most promising under 20 prospects in the whole of Europe. Sessegnon featured in a prestigious list by CIES with the likes of Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma featuring in 1st place and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé in 3rd place.
In 2016, Sessegnon played up an age group to represent England in the U17 Euros. Furthermore, he scored his first goal for England Under-19s against Luxembourg in a European Under-19 Championship qualifier on 10 November 2016, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 win.
On 26 June 2017, Sessegnon was named in the final 18-man squad for the Euro U19s finals. He went on to score three goals, including two in a 4–1 win over Germany. Aged 17, Sessegnon made his debut for England Under-21s on 27 March 2018, starting in a 2–1 European Under-21 Championship qualifier win over Ukraine.
Guinness World Record
On 27 May 2019, Sessegnon achieved the Guinness World Records title for ‘Fastest time to hit both football (soccer) goal posts and crossbar’, doing so in just 7.75 seconds.
- Full name: Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon
- Date of birth 18 May 2000
- Age: 19
- Place of birth: Roehampton, London, England
- Height: 1.78 m
- Nationality: English
- Weight: 70 kg
- Current teams: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (#19 / Midfielder), England national under-21 football team (Midfielder)
- Awards: Championship Player of the Season, etc.
- Playing position: Left winger / Left back
- Current team: Tottenham Hotspur
- Number: 19
- Net Worth: $100,000 – $1M
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