How Real Madrid Youngster Went From a Refugee to Winning the UEFA Champions League at 19

How Real Madrid Youngster Went From a Refugee to Winning the UEFA Champions League at 19

Lukman Mumuni
May 31, 2022 at 4:36 PM
  • Real Madrid youngster Edouard Camavinga is now a UEFA Champions League winner at the age of 19
  • The France midfielder's life is an inspiring one after going from a refugee camp to playing in the biggest club competition
  • The obstacles the 19-year-old went through from being homeless in Angola to playing on the streets in France inspired his football career

Edouard Camavinga won his first UEFA Champions League title with Spanish giants Real Madrid on Saturday night after coming on as a second half substitute.

The talented youngster, who seventeen years ago was battling to survive with his parents in the enclave of Cabinda in Angola, replaced Federico Velverde in the 85th minute and nearly came close to scoring.

The teenager's life is truly an inspiring one, as he went from homelessness to becoming a UEFA Champions League winner at the age of 19.

Edouard Camavinga, Real Madrid, Angola, UEFA Champions League, France
Angolan-born Frenchch footballer Edouard Camavinga wins UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. Credit: @Camavinga @realmadrid @staderennais
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On Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Angolan-born France international laid his hands on the coveted Champions League trophy.

But the journey has not been an easy one for the 19-year-old.

Life in a refugee camp in Angola

Edouard Camavinga was born in Cabinda, a war-torn area in Angola. His parents had to leave Angola when he was only two-years-old.

“I was born in a refugee camp in Angola after my family fled the war," he said as quoted by The News Chronicle.
"My parents brought me to a new life in France and football has brought me to the Champions League final.
"I’m grateful to play and proud to do so as a former refugee. I hope the millions of refugees in the world who also love football know that we stand together."

How the Camavinga family lost everything after their house burnt down

In 2013, the Camavinga's were hit with another tragedy, they lost all their properties after their home burnt down to ashes in France. According to the youngster, that inspired him to take football serious.

Camavinga at that time was playing on the streets before joining his first team.

Joining Stade Rennais, his first professional club

Camavinga joined Rennais at a very young age, playing for the youth team in 2018. After just a year, the potential of the talented midfielder was laid to bare.

He earned a quick promotion to the first team of Stade Rennais.

He made his first team debut in the 2019 season, and after one good campaign, several clubs including Manchester United began to scout the defensive midfielder.

Camavinga joins Spanish giants Real Madrid and winning the UCL

In 2021, Real Madrid won the race to sign Camavinga. He joined Los Blancos on a six year deal.

Although, he is yet to become a starter in Carlo Ancelotti's team, he is often seen as the game changer. His presence in the semi-final against Manchester City was a defining moment.

In just a year, the youngster has won the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

The future is indeed bright for Camavinga, who's story is truly remarkable and inspiring.

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