Christopher (Chris) Alan Nkunku is a French professional football player who plays as a midfielder or striker. He plays for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig and the French national team. Nkunku, a graduate of the Paris Saint-Germain academy, is known for his speed, technique and game intelligence. He is a versatile player who can play in both midfield and attack. His pace and skillful dribbling make defending opposing defenses look easy.
He made his senior debut for PSG at the age of eighteen and went on to win three Ligue 1 titles before switching to the Bundesliga. Christopher represented France at youth level from under-15 to under-21 before making his senior national debut in March 2022.
Nkunku is obsessed with scoring goals. He is one of the Bundesliga’s brightest stars.
Christopher Nkunku Age
How old is Christopher Nkunku? Nkunku was born on 14 November 1997 in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, east of Paris. He turned 25 years old in June 2023. His zodiac is a Scorpio.
Christopher Nkunku Height
Nkunku stands at an approximate height of 1.75 meters (5 feet 9 inches).
Christopher Nkunku Family and Religion
Nkunku He is of Congolese descent, as his parents’ origin is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was one of three children born from his parents’ union. Little is known about his parents and siblings.
Nkunku is a Christian.
Career at Club Christopher Nkunku
Growing up in his hometown, Nkunku started playing football with his peers on the streets. He would soon become so attached to the game that he always made time to train after school. Fortunately, his family realized his potential early on and encouraged him to pursue his passion for the game. Consequently, young Christopher trained tirelessly to hone his skills.
In 2003, at the age of six, he enrolled at AS Marolles where he began his development. He moved to RCP Fontainebleau in 2009, where his speed, technique and vision were eminent from a young age. Nkunku was exceptionally versatile, he played in all midfield positions.
Soon after, in 2010, he joined Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system, where he started out as a winger due to his speed and piercing ability. However, due to his excellent vision and passing, he was often deployed in midfield. He was part of the PSG youth team and was runner-up in the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League.
On 8 December 2015, he made his senior club debut in a 2–0 UEFA Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. He scored his first professional goal on 7 January 2017 against Bastia in a 7–0 home win in the Coupe de France. On 10 March 2018, he scored his first two goals as a professional in a 5–0 victory over Metz.
During his four years with the French giants, Christopher made regular appearances but failed to earn a place in the starting line-up. This led him to look for better opportunities elsewhere as he sought to improve his career.
On 18 July 2019, Nkunku signed a five-year contract with German club RB Leipzig. He made his debut for the club on August 11, in the 3-2 victory over VfL Osnabruck, in a DFB-Pokal match. A week later, he made his Bundesliga debut by scoring his first competitive goal. This came in the first win of the 2019-20 season over regional rivals Union Berlin.
On 22 February 2020, in the 5-0 victory over Schalke 04, Nkunku provided four assists. Consequently, he became the second player to do so in recent Bundesliga history, after Szabolcs Huszti in 2012. Nkunku scored his first hat-trick for Leipzig on 15 September 2021, in a 6–3 defeat to Manchester City in the 2021-22 season. UEFA Champions League group stage. He made club history by becoming the first Leipzig player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.
In September 2021, for the first time in his career, Nkunku scored two consecutive goals. The first brace came in the 6-0 win over Hertha BSC on 25 September and the other a week later in the win over Vfl Bochum.
He won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award for 2021–22, having scored 20 and assisted 13 goals in 34 league games. In the 2022–23 season, he finished as top scorer (alongside Niclas Fullkrug) with a total of 16 league goals.
International Career of Christopher Nkunku
Nkunku has represented France at under-16, under-19 and under-21 youth levels. At the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he made three appearances.
He was called up for the first time by France for friendlies in March 2022 and made his first start on 25 March against Ivory Coast. On 9 November 2022, Nkunku was called up to Les Bleus’ 25-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Unfortunately, he was forced to withdraw (a week later) before the start of the tournament after suffering an injury. during a national team training session.
Christopher Nkunku Honors
Ligue 1: 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19
French Cup: 2016-17, 2017-18
League Cup: 2016-17, 2017-18
Champions Trophy: 2017, 2018
DFB Cup: 2021-22, 2022-23
Bundesliga top scorer: 2022-23
German Footballer of the Year: 2022
Bundesliga Player of the Season: 2021-22
Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2021-22
VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season: 2021-22
VDV Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2021-22
Bundesliga Player of the Month: October 2021, February 2022, March 2022, April 2022
UEFA Europa League Team of the Season: 2021-22
Christopher Nkunku Salary
Nkunku currently earns approximately 1 million euros annually (19,231 euros weekly wages) in June 2023.