Rio Mavuba is a happy man. For good reason, he is lucky to be able to make a living from his passion: football, while being
Rio Mavuba has the most incredible destiny. This professional footballer was born on March 8th 1984 in the middle of the sea on a refugee boat while his family was fleeing the Angolan civil war. Stateless until the age of 20, he became French in 2005. Following in the footsteps of his father, a former defensive midfielder for the Zaire team in the 1970s, he became passionate about soccer.
Rio Mavuba took his first steps as a professional with the Girondins de Bordeaux where he played during the 2003-2004 Ligue 1 season. His style did not go unnoticed: he quickly established himself in the team while being noticed internationally. On July 3, 2007, he flew to Spain and played for Villarreal. However, the adventure will be short-lived: barely a year after his arrival, he returns to France to join the team of Lille OSC.
Once again, he became the captain of the team during the 2008-2009 season. More than his style, it is also his personality that seduces professionals and soccer fans. In 2011, he received the “orange prize” from France Football magazine, an award for the player considered the nicest of the year. But after all his years of success, the 2012-2013 season is a little more complicated: injured right knee, Rio Mavuba is absent from the field for many months. A difficult period to live, but which allows him to return even stronger in the 2013-2014 season.
Despite rumors of departure, Rio Mavuba extends his contract with Lille OSC until 2019.