Born on 9 April 1987 in Toulouse, France, Blaise Matuidi joined Juventus on 18 August 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain.
Matuidi began his early years training at the prestigious Clairefontaine academy, before joining Troyes. He made his professional debut on 23 November 2004 in a Ligue 2 match against Gueungnon. The following season, he began to establish himself as a first-team player, with the side having gained promotion to Ligue 1.
With Matuidi slowly becoming a regular starter, he gathered a reputation for being a young, strong and dependable Ligue 1 midfielder.
After spending two seasons in the top flight with Troyes, he bid them adieu to join Saint-Etienne. It was here that Matuidi would enjoy his first experiences of playing in Europe, as he helped Les Verts to qualify for the Europa League in his first season at the club.
More honours were to follow, as Matuidi caught the eye of the national team, and soon made his France debut in a Euro 2012 qualifying match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
His increasingly impressive performances then earnt him a move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he went on to win a plethora of titles in the capital, counting four Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France, four Coupe de la Ligue and five Trophee des Champions amongst his trophy cabinet. Not only was Matuidi rewarded with honours for his club, but he also achieved personal accolades, such as being named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year on two occasions and being named the 2015 French Player of the Year.
An ever-present for his country, Blaise Matuidi has been named in the France squad for the last three major international tournaments (Euro 2012, World Cup 2014, Euro 2016) prior to the 2017/18 season. His importance to the national side is perhaps evidenced by the fact that, Matuidi started every single game of France’s Euro 2016 run up until the Final.
His desire, commitment, and sheer tenacity will be a real asset to the Bianconeri.