Ramy Bensebaini: The Algerian tower

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Born in Constantine in 1995 towering Algerian central defender Ramy Bensebaini has come a long way in his career from playing street football in his hometown to playing in the world’s biggest leagues.

The defender has been making waves in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach with his no-nonsense defending style while adding value in front of goal with his headers from set-pieces.

Bensebaini has also had an impact in the African continent with his displays in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2019 where Algeria went on to be crowned champions.

HOW DID IT ALL START AND WHERE HAS HE BEEN?

Bensebaïni began his career at Algiers-based Parodou AC joining the youth team in 2008 and making his senior debut in 2013.

In June of the same year, the defender went on trial with Portuguese giants FC Porto which did not go well and later he went on another trial, this time at English Premier League side Arsenal during which he played in two friendlies with the Under-21 team against Luton Town and Colchester United.

In June 2014, the 25-year-old was loaned out by Paradou for one season to Belgian Pro League side Lierse and made his full debut on the 3rd of August in a league match against Club Brugge coming as a second half substitute.

Bensebaïni made 23 league appearances during that season where he scored 1 goal, but that was not enough to help Lierse avoid relegation.

In June 2015, the 2019 AFCON winner was loaned out again by Paradou, this time to French Ligue 1 club Montpellier for the 2015/16 season. After a solid season with Montpellier, the 25-year-old signed a four-year-deal with Stade Rennes in July of 2016.

In August 2019 Bensebaïni signed a four-year deal to join Mochengladbach for 8 million Euros, this made the 25-year-old became the most expensive Algerian defender of all time. He then made his competitive debut for the team in the Bundesliga starting during a win against FC Koln on the 10th of November 2019.

The Algerian scored his first goal with his new club against Werder Bremen, later in the same game, he was sent off. He scored twice in a 2–1 win against defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on 7 December 2019.

This season he has made just one appearance in the DFB Pokal and two more in the league in a draw against Union Berlin and a loss at rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bensebaini has made 30 senior appearances for Algeria scoring three goals since making his debut in 2017.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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