Player Biography

Thomas Partey – Poverty to Riches

Biographies provide the most valuable lessons in life. The story of Thomas Partey which shows a rise from poverty to riches is one which is fascinating and knowing his personal life would help you get a complete picture of him.

Born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana. His full name is Thomas Teye Partey and his nickname is Senegal. Thomas Partey  was born on the 13th of June, 1993 to his lovely parents whose names remain unknown.

Thomas with parents and siblings
Mama in her shop

Thomas is  from a poor and very humble family. His father is a local football coach while his mum is a petty trader. With his mother and father, they are eight in numbers and Thomas is the oldest child.

Thomas started playing football at his dad’s training base (Krobo) until the age of 10 before moving to Ashaiman.

Together with his brother

Thomas went through hardship to the extent of compromising his education for the pursuance of his footballing dreams.

Thomas Partey’s parents had several failed attempts to raise money to prepare for their son’s trip to Europe in case an opportunity came. It got to a point his father had to sell his house.

Thomas was given his chance to move to Spain when he was observed by an agent who saw him standing out in a football competition. According to Thomas,

“when the agent asked me what I wanted, I said.. to triumph in football in Europe so as to help my family.”

Both Thomas and the agent agreed he would go to Spain for a trial. Thomas’ agent processed all of his papers while he had nothing to do other than to train.

On that blessed day, Thomas and his agent got into a car, went to Accra, capital of Ghana where he was given his passport. Surprisingly, he was told he would travel that day without his parents or any member of his family being told. According to Thomas;

“My dad wasn’t aware, nobody from my family knew anything, nor that I was going that day, because if they were told then it would cause  lots of panic.”

Arriving Spain, Thomas played for Atletico Madrid C for about a month before moving to the B team where he met Oliver Torres and Saul Niguez. At the B team, he got recognized by Diego Simeone and both established a good relationship. Because Thomas was that good, he sometimes got invited to train with the first team by the coach.

it took about seven months before anyone could realize Thomas wasn’t in Ghana. Partey went on to say that his parents accepted his decision when they finally found out. He once said;

“My father always was okay with my decisions because as he had already raised monies for me by selling his house. it cost him a lot. In the second month of my stay in Spain, he sent me monies for me to buy boots and for my upkeep.”

Rise to Fame

Thomas At Mallorca

After impressing at his loan move to Mallorca and Almería, Thomas got a callback and was integrated into Athletico Madrid senior team by Diego Simeone. With the Athletico Madrid team, he won the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.

Just like Ngolo Kante, Thomas is someone with a kind heart who believes it is essential to catch his fellow youngsters back home young.When it comes to the area of social responsibilities, the Ghanian loves to get himself involved in humanitarian activities.

With young talents back home


Thomas met his lovely girlfriend Oheema, while playing for Tema his local club in Ghana. Unlike John Obi Micheal and just like Nelson Semedo, Thomas has decided to stick with his African Family roots when it comes to dating and his love life.



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Elizabeth Yaya

Elizabeth Yaya is a sport blogger who writes unique and research-driven content about sport, mostly football.


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