Camavinga’s character has been forged by the harsh history of her life; his large family fled the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take refuge in Cabinda
SPAIN – The life of Eduardo Camavinga it is from cinema. He was born in a refugee camp in Angola on November 10, 2002 and almost 19 years later he will play for the most successful club in Europe, the Real Madrid.
Left-handed and 1.82 meters tall, the new signing of the Real Madrid, whose contract with Rennes ended in 10 months, is also surprising due to its precociousness. He made his debut in the First Division when he was 16 years old and in the French national team, when he was 17.
The character of Camavinga it has been forged by the harsh history of his life. His large family fled the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take refuge in Cabinda, an Angolan enclave located in the middle of the Congo itself. In a refugee camp in Miconje, Eduardo was born, who has five brothers and one sister.
Soon after, when the new player of the Real Madrid he was still a baby, they managed to emigrate to France. A brief stay in Lille preceded his stay in Fougères, a small town in French Brittany (north-west).
“We came to flee the war, we had to fight a lot, football has been my way of escaping,” the midfielder acknowledged.
In Fougères, a picturesque city of about 30,000 inhabitants, he began to play football, until in 2013 he was signed by the Rennes, one of the main clubs in the region.
The Rennes polished his diamond in the rough to make him debut in Ligue 1 on April 6, 2019 in a match against Angers (3-3). He played one minute and was 16 years and 5 months old.
In the following season (2019-20), already installed in the first team, another milestone. He became the youngest player to pass a goal in the French championship, in a win against him PSG. He was 16 years and 9 months old.
That season was his consecration, with 25 league games played. In the following season (2020-21) it was consolidated, although it went from more to less, with 35 games, one goal and two assists.
After becoming French national shortly before, on September 8, 2020 he made his debut in the senior team, in a victory for France against Croatia (4-2), corresponding to the League of Nations.
In his second participation with the French senior team, on October 7, he already started and scored his first goal, an impressive acrobatic goal that opened the scoring, in a friendly against Ukraine that ended 7-1.
His last match with Les Bleus It was on October 14, 2020, in another win against Croatia. Afterwards, he has only been summoned in the lower categories.
In December 2020, Camavinga made a move that could have been key to his arrival in Madrid. He changed his representative. He left Moussa Sissoko and got engaged to Jonathan Barnett, very well connected with the offices of the white club