Ibrahima Baldé

Ibrahima Balde playing for Atletico Madrid

Full Name: Ibrahima Baldé

Left Atlético in: 2011
Currently playing for: Osasuna

Squad Number: 58
Nationality: Senegalese Senegalese flag
DoB: 1 September 1990
Position: Forward
Contract: 2013
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous Clubs: Argentinos Juniors (2006-2007), Vélez Sarsfield (2007-2008)

Like many promising young African footballer, Ibrahima moved abroad at a young age. But instead of moving to Europe, the Senegalese striker joined Argentinos Juniors when he was only sixteen years old.

One year later he moved across Argentina and joined Vélez Sarsfield. Without having played a single minute for either team, Ibra joined Atlético Madrid in December 2008. He impressed during a trial, which made the then-head of Atlético’s youth system Abraham García decide to sign the young African.

Due to delays in his application for a work permit, Ibrahima only joined Atlético B at the start of the 2009/10 season, in which the striker impressed. When first team striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle was sold in January of 2010, Ibra was promoted to Quique Sánchez Flores’ selection. On 2 January 2010 Ibrahima was handed his debut by the Spanish coach, who let him play from the start.

Two weeks later Ibra scored his first goal for Atlético, in a 3-2 home win over Sporting de Gijón. He played a total of 18 games in the second half of the season, scoring three goals.

While Ibrahima was becoming more and more important for the first team squad, his contract was close to expiring. In March the club and the player agreed to a new contract, keeping him in Madrid until 2013.

In the summer of 2010 the striker was loaned out to Numancia, where he missed a large part of the season after breaking his foot. When Atlético bought Juanfran from Osasuna in January 2011, the Pamplonans asked to include Ibra in the deal. After the campaign ended Baldé moved to Pamplona, but Atleti do still hold the option to buy the striker back.