In his seven years as a professional footballer Kingsley Coman has spent 490 days off the field due to injuries which makes him one of the unluckiest players in Europe. He has suffered a tear in the abductor muscle, tear in a joint capsule, torn knee ligament, capsular rupture in the ankle, syndesmotic ligament tear and many more, totalling 27 different injuries that has made him even consider ending his career, even though he is only 24.
But the mental strength and his great talent now have young Frenchman as king of Europe after scoring the only goal in the Champions League final last Sunday bringing Bayern Munich their sixth trophy in the biggest European competition of all. To make the story even better, Coman scored against the club that deemed him expendable.
What makes it even more impressive is the fact that it was his 20th trophy in his young career. Given the fact that Coman has played only 193 matches in his career that means that he is winning a trophy every 9.65 matches he plays.
Coman was born in Paris to parents from Guadeloupe and joined PSG’s academy in 2004. He spent nine years in the club’s youth system and even played for the senior side, becoming the youngest player to ever play for PSG at 16 years, eight months and four days.
In his first two professional seasons with PSG, Coman played in 19 games and won the French Ligue 1 in 2013 and 2014 as well as Trophee des Champions in 2013 and the Coupe de la Ligue one year later.
After transferring to Juventus and playing only 15 games for the Bianconeri, Coman won two titles in Serie A and one Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.
So far with Bayern Munich he has played in 159 matches and the Champions League trophy was his 12th with the German club. He has previously won five Bundesliga trophies and three DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup.
His winning record puts him in the race with the best in the game. Ronaldo at 35 years of age has 30 trophies and the two year younger Messi has 36. The real legends of the game Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ryan Giggs have 35 trophies each.
The 24 year-old is on the right track to catch the very best if he stays healthy and even more if he stays with the club where he won the biggest trophy of all.