Date of birth: 25th January 1996
Place of birth: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Year signed: 2015
Signed from: Barcelona
Born in Spain, Adama Traoré Diarra is of Malian origin. He joined FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy at the age of eight, after a brief spell with his local club, Centre d’Esports l’Hospitalet.
Developing quickly, the youngster proved fast, strong and difficult to defend against so he always played at higher age levels for FC Barcelona.
Following two seasons with the U-18 side, Traoré was promoted to the Barça B squad in the 2013-14 season. In 2013-14, Traoré also played for Barcelona’s U-19 side that won the inaugural UEFA Youth League.
On 23rd November 2013, Traoré made his official first team début, aged seventeeen, coming on as a substitute for Neymar Jr. towards the end of a 4-0 win against Granada.
Three days later, he played in his first Champions League game, replacing Cesc Fàbregas in the eighty-second minute of a 2-1 loss to Ajax.
On 14th August 2015, Traoré joined Aston Villa Football Club on a five-year deal, for a fee reported to be £7 million. Highly regarded by officials at FC Barcelona and set to shine in Barça’s star-studded side, the winger’s contract with Aston Villa Football Club includes a buy-back clause.
Traoré made his début for the Villans on 22nd August 2015 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, coming on as a substitute for Carlos Sánchez, and, just eight minutes after joining the game, his cross led to Papa Souaré‘s own goal.
Three days later, Traoré scored his first goal for Aston Villa, the first of the team’s goals in a 5-3 win over Notts County in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Having represented Spain at U-16, U-17 and U-19 level, in February 2014, Traoré opted to switch allegiance in favour of his parents’ homeland, Mali.