Yannick Bolasie is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League Club Everton FC as well as internationally for DR Congo.
Boasting a career path that has taken him from non-league football to becoming one of the most expensively acquired African players of all time, Yannick has a very unique tale to tell of the footballing world.
Bolasie began his football journey with Rushden & Diamonds before a highly appreciated spell with Hillingdon Borough. The Southern Football League club, who remain close to Yannick’s heart, proved a crucial platform for the rise that followed.
A year in Maltese football followed, where he played for Floriana, before he impressed Plymouth Argyle sufficiently to earn a contract that enabled him to return to the English game.
He returned to Rushden & Diamonds on loan before making his Football League debut for Barnet, again on loan, in January 2009, aged 19.
After further impressing in a second loan spell at Barnet, Yannick was given a chance by Plymouth, then a Championship club, and transfers to Bristol City and Crystal Palace soon followed.
It was at Selhurst Park where Bolasie really cemented his name among the up-and-coming stars of English football, and he helped guide them to the Premier League in 2013.
Following his Premier League debut at Anfield against Liverpool, he soon established himself as a key figure for the Eagles, and became the first Crystal Palace player to score hat-trick in the English game’s flagship competition with a devastating 11-minute blast against Sunderland in 2015.
He was also on the scoresheet as Palace beat Watford in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, helping the club to their first showpiece final in 25 years.
His form for Crystal Palace provoked covetous glances from some of the game’s most elite clubs, and he signed for Everton in the summer of 2016 for a fee reported to be in excess of £25million.
He proved to be an instant hit for the Toffees, striking up a potent partnership with striker Romelu Lukaku, and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.
Internationally, Bolasie was eligible to play for England or France, but opted instead to honour his heritage by representing DR Congo.
He is a proud and important member of the Leopards squad, and was a key figure in their line-up during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.