Player Profile

Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina

Wolverhampton Wanderers Center Midfielder

Nationality :Gabonese
Date Of Birth :1 September 1993
Height :6 feet
Weight :85kg

Mario Lemina is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Gabon national team.

Quick Facts

Full nameMario René Junior Lemina
Date of birth1 September 1993 (age 29)
Place of birthLibreville, Gabon
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s)Central midfielder
Team information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number5

Mario Lemina Biography, Early Life

Mario René Junior Lemina born 1 September 1993 is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Gabon national team.

He played for French sides Lorient and Marseille, before joining Italian side Juventus in 2015, where he won the domestic double in both of his seasons with the club. He joined English side Southampton in 2017 and was later loaned out to Turkish club Galatasaray in 2019. After a loan to Fulham in England, he joined French club Nice in 2021. In January 2023, he returned to England after signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A former French international at youth level, Lemina went on to represent Gabon at senior level, making his senior international debut in 2017. He later represented Gabon at the 2017 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mario Lemina Education

Mario Lemina has no detailed information about his educational background.

Mario Lemina’s Age, Height, And Weight

Mario Lemina’s age is 29 years old. He stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches and weighs around 85 Kg.

Career

Early career

Lemina began his youth career in France aged 7 at the local club ES Nanterre; he then went on to study sports at Rueil-Malmaison, finishing at Colombes. Aged 15, he signed with the Lorient youth academy; he was later promoted to the first team during the 2012–13 season, his only season with the club.

Marseille

The following season, Marseille acquired Lemina for €4 million, although he initially struggled to gain playing time in his first year with the club, making only eight league starts during the 2013–14 season. He began to be used more frequently by manager Marcelo Bielsa during the 2014–15 season, making his breakthrough with the club, as he helped the team to a fourth-place finish, earning 23 appearances in the league. In February 2015, Lemina was sent off for a punch to the groin of Ola Toivonen in a 1–1 Ligue 1 away draw against Rennes.

Juventus

During the summer of 2015, Lemina began to attract the attention of several clubs, including Premier League clubs Liverpool, Southampton, and West Ham United. On 31 August, however, the last day of the transfer window, Juventus announced the signing of Lemina on a season-long loan for €500,000 with an option to buy for €9.5 million at the end of the 2015–16 season. On 26 September 2015, he scored his first goal for Juventus in his third appearance, coming in the 63rd minute of a 2–1 away loss to Napoli.

On 29 April 2016, Lemina’s loan was made permanent; he signed a four-year deal from Marseille for a fee of €9.5 million plus an extra €1 million if performance-related targets are met. The deal was scheduled to keep him at Juventus until 2020. On 21 May, Lemina started in the Coppa Italia Final, playing the full match as Juventus defeated AC Milan 1–0 after extra time to capture the domestic double for the second consecutive season.

Southampton

On 8 August 2017, Lemina joined Southampton on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of £15.4m. He made his debut on 20 August, in a 3–2 victory over West Ham United. His first goal for Southampton came in a 3–2 victory over fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion on 3 February.

Loan to Galatasaray

In the 2019–20 season, Lemina joined Galatasaray on a loan deal.

Loan to Fulham

On 30 August 2020, Lemina was loaned out to Fulham with an option to buy. He made his debut for the club on 16 September 2020 in the second round of the EFL Cup against Ipswich Town, which Fulham won 1–0. On 7 March 2021, Lemina scored his first Fulham goal to seal a 1–0 away win over Liverpool, handing them their sixth consecutive league defeat at Anfield for the first time in the Reds’ history. In doing so, Lemina also clinched Fulham’s second win at Liverpool in the club’s history.

Nice

On 24 July 2021, Lemina joined Nice for an undisclosed fee.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 13 January 2023, Lemina joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He made his first appearance on 14 January 2023 as a substitute in a home Premier League game against West Ham, a fixture which Wolves won 1–0.

Lemina made his full Wolves debut on 22 January 2023 in a 3–0 loss at Manchester City and then his full home debut on 4 February, helping the hosts to defeat Liverpool, also by a 3–0 scoreline.

On Lemina’s fourth appearance for his new side on 11 February, he was sent off in the first half of Wolves’ Premier League game away to Lemina’s former club, Southampton, for receiving two yellow cards. Wolves went on to win the game 2–1 despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men.

International career

Lemina had been called by the Gabon national team to participate in the 2015 African Cup of Nations, but he refused his call-up. Although he had initially represented France’s under-20 and under-21 sides, also winning the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup at the youth level, he formally switched to the Gabonese Federation on 2 June and is now a formal member of the Gabon national team.

He scored on his international debut, in a 3–3 friendly draw against Tunisia on 9 October 2015. Lemina took part in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which was held on home soil. He started in Gabon’s opening match of the tournament on 14 January – a 1–1 draw against Guinea-Bissau – but later suffered a back-injury, however, which ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament.

On 17 January 2022, Lemina announced his retirement from the Gabon national team. He had just been released by Gabon following a heart complication due to COVID-19, leaving in the middle of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

On 10 June 2023, Lemina shared an image of him training with the national team on his Instagram account. He then played in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo on 18 June 2023, confirming his return to the national team.

Mario Lemina’s Net Worth

Mario Lemina’s annual income, net worth, and salary haven’t been revealed yet.

Mario Lemina Wife or Girlfriend

Mario Lemina is presently single and has no romantic relationships. Aside from that, Mario Lemina hasn’t said anything about her current partnerships.

Mario Lemina Awards

Juventus

  • Serie A: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coppa Italia: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2016–17

Nice

  • Coupe de France runner-up: 2021–22

France U20

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2013

FAQ

When was Mario Lemina born?

Mario Lemina was born on 1 September 1993.

In which team does Mario Lemina currently play?

Mario Lemina plays on the  Wolverhampton Wanderers team as of today.

How old would Mario Lemina be today?

Mario Lemina is 29 years old today.

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