|Achraf Hakimi Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||November 4, 1998|
Achraf Hakimi is a Moroccan professional soccer player who is widely regarded as one of the best right-backs of his era. He has represented, as a defender, Real Madrid Castilla (2016-2017) and Real Madrid CF (2017-2020) in Spain; Inter Milan (2020-2021) in Italy; and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (2021-Present) in France. Real Madrid Castilla competes in the 3rd tier of the Spanish soccer league system and is the reserve team of Real Madrid CF. Between 2018 and 2020, he also spent a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund in Germany. At the international level, Achraf represented Morocco at the under-17, under-20, and under-23 tiers before making his senior national debut in October 2016. He was an integral member of the Moroccan squad that created history by finishing in 4th place in the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup. Achraf and the rest of the Moroccan squad that participated in the tournament were made ‘Officers of the Order of the Throne’ later that year. It is the 4th highest honor in the ‘The Order of the Throne’, a state decoration of the Kingdom of Morocco awarded for distinguished services of a civil or military nature.
Achraf Hakimi Mouh
Arra, Morocco’s David Beckham
He splits his time between –
- Madrid, Spain
- Paris, Île-de-France, France
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Hassan Hakimi
- Mother – Saida Mouh
- Siblings – Nabil Hakimi (Older Brother), Ouidad Hakimi (Younger Sister)
- Others – He has 3 siblings-in-law.
- 14, 2 – Morocco
- 2 – Real Madrid Castilla, Inter Milan
- 32, 19 – Real Madrid CF
- 5 – Borussia Dortmund
- 2, 12 – Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Achraf has dated –
- Hiba Abouk (2018-Present) – Achraf started dating Spanish actress Hiba Aboukhris Benslimane aka Hiba Abouk in July 2018 and they got engaged in May 2019. The couple got married in 2020 and have 2 sons together named Amin Hakimi (b. February 2020) and Naim Hakimi (b. February 2022). Hiba is of Libyan and Tunisian descent and is 12 years older than Achraf.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Moroccan descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a light stubble
Achraf Hakimi Facts
- Achraf started his youth career in 2005 when, as a 7-year-old, he joined the youth team of CD Colonia Ofigevi, a now-defunct soccer team based in El Bercial, Getafe, a municipality and a city belonging to the Community of Madrid, one of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain.
- About a year later, in 2006, he was recruited by the youth system of Spanish titans Real Madrid CF. His senior career started in 2016 when he began turning out for Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team of Real Madrid CF.
- With Real Madrid Castilla, Achraf won the Copa del Rey Juvenil (the youth version of Copa del Rey (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Spain)) in 2017. It was the team’s 13th such title and extended its status as the 2nd-most successful team in the competition.
- With Real Madrid CF, he won the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer) title in the 2017-18 season. It was the club’s record-extending 13th such title and their 3rd in a row. Although Achraf was not in the squad for the final of the competition, he received a winner’s medal as he had made 2 appearances in the competition earlier that season. He, thus, became the first Moroccan player to win this prestigious trophy.
- With the club, Achraf also won the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Supercopa de España in 2017. The club’s UEFA Super Cup triumph in 2017 was its 2nd in a row, its 3rd in 4 years, and its 4th overall, making it the then 3rd most successful team in the competition. The UEFA Super Cup (founded in 1972) is annually decided via a one-off match played between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League (the 2nd-tier club competition in European soccer).
- Real Madrid CF‘s FIFA Club World Cup victory in 2017 was its 2nd in a row, its 3rd in 4 years, and its 3rd overall, making it the then-joint most successful team in the competition. The tournament involves 7 teams – the continental club champions of Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Oceania, and Europe; and the host nation’s national champions – in a straight knock-out tournament.
- Real Madrid CF‘s Supercopa de España triumph in 2017 was the club’s 10th such title and extended its status as the 2nd-most successful team in the competition. The Supercopa de España (founded in 1982 as a 2-team competition) has been contested since the 2019-20 season by 4 teams – the previous season’s winners and runners-up of La Liga (the top tier of the Spanish soccer league system) and the Copa del Rey.
- In both 2018 and 2019, Achraf was named the ‘CAF Youth Player of the Year’. CAF (Confederation of African Football) is the administrative and controlling body for soccer, futsal, and beach soccer in Africa. He was also selected for the ‘CAF Team of the Year’ in 2019.
- He was included in the ‘Africa Team of The Year’ in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 by France Football (a renowned French weekly soccer magazine that is considered to be one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe).
- In October 2018, in Achraf’s first UEFA Champions League appearance for Borussia Dortmund, a 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid, he provided 3 assists in a single match for the first time in his career.
- With Borussia Dortmund, he won the DFL-Supercup in 2019. It was the club’s 6th such title and extended its status as the 2nd-most successful team in the competition. The trophy is annually decided by a one-off match played between the previous season’s winners of the DFB-Pokal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Germany) and the Bundesliga (the top tier of the German soccer league system). For his performances in the 2019-20 season, he was also included in the ‘Bundesliga Team of the Year’.
- In February 2020, Achraf set a Bundesliga speed record by clocking 36.48 kph (22.67 mph), beating his own league record that he had set 3 months ago (36.2 kph (22.5 mph)).
- The IFFHS included him in its ‘All-time Morocco Men’s Dream Team’, its ‘Africa Team of The Year’ (2020, 2021, 2022), and its ‘Men’s World Team’ (2021, 2022). The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) is an organization that chronicles soccer history and records.
- With Inter Milan, Achraf won the Serie A (the top tier of the Italian soccer league system) title in the 2020-21 season and was also included in the ‘Serie A Team of the Year’. This was the club’s 19th such title and made it the then 2nd-most successful team in the competition. It also ended the club’s 11-year league title drought.
- He was included in the ‘ESM Team of the Year’ in 2021. The ESM (European Sports Media) is an association of soccer-related publications in Europe. Each of its members selects the 11 best players in European professional soccer leagues each month and the players who most often appear in those teams are elected into the ‘ESM Team of the Year’.
- At the 2021 (held in January and February 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) edition (33rd) of the Africa Cup of Nations (the biennial international men’s soccer championship of Africa), Achraf scored the late equalizer (in the 84th minute, via a free kick) in Morocco’s 2-2 draw with Gabon in the team’s last match of the group stage. The result helped Morocco finish on top of its group (7 points).
- In the pre-quarterfinal stage of the tournament, he scored the winning goal (in the 70th minute, again via a free kick) in a 2-1 victory over Malawi. This was just the 7th goal of his senior-level international career for Morocco. Although Egypt defeated Morocco by a 2-1 margin in the quarter-final stage, Achraf was included in the ‘Team of The Tournament’.
- With Paris Saint-Germain F.C., he won the Ligue 1 (the top division of the French soccer league system) title in the 2021-22 season and the Trophée des Champions in 2022. The former victory was the club’s 10th such which made it the then joint most successful team in the competition. The latter triumph was the club’s record-extending 11th such. The Trophée des Champions is annually decided by a one-off match that is played between the previous season’s winners of the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in France).
- At the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Achraf scored Morocco’s last spot kick in a 3-0 penalty shootout victory over 2010 champions Spain in the pre-quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The victory meant that the country had qualified for the quarter-final stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history.
- In that quarter-final match, Morocco upset Portugal by a 1-0 margin. This made Morocco the first African nation ever to reach the semi-final stage of the FIFA World Cup. Their fairytale journey was halted in the semi-final stage by defending champions France who beat them by a 2-0 margin.
- In February 2023, Achraf became the 1st Moroccan player to have been included in the FIFA FIFPro World11. The team (selected annually since 2005) was chosen according to players’ performances between August 2021 and December 2022. FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) is a worldwide representative organization for more than 65,000 professional soccer players.
- Later that month, French prosecutors started an investigation against him on charges of s**ual assault after a woman accused him of r**e. She alleged that she had been invited to his home in France while his wife and children were away on a holiday, and he had taken advantage of the situation. Achraf denied the accusations as ‘totally false’.
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