Aurélien Tchouaméni: Meet the French soccer star everyone is talking about
I’ve known Aurélien Tchouaméni for over a decade, during which time he has been a very good friend, a very good player and a good professional.
And that is before the news that he was arrested and charged with raping a 19-year-old in September of 2015.
At the age of 14, Tchouaméni started playing in France, and in the second tier of Ligue 1, for Rennes. He made his first-team debut in the 2007–08 season. At the age of 15, he made his move to Paris-Saint-Germain, where he won his first and only French title.
It was clear he was destined for greatness.
After a year in the youth ranks of PSG, he was loaned out to Auxerre. He spent two-and-a-half years playing on the first team, and in the summer of 2011 was transferred. But the transfer didn’t quite go according to plan. He was sent to Olympiacos. Two years later, he returned to Paris to play his senior football, and he was finally able to reach his true potential.
After scoring 24 league goals in his first full season as a professional, Tchouaméni signed a three-year contract with Real Madrid. And then he left for the MLS instead.
In September 2015, he left MLS in what has been labeled as a “transaction”. That month also saw the end of his time in Real Madrid, and the beginning of a new chapter in his career.
His time as a professional soccer player started in Spain on April Fool’s Day, 1994. But the beginning didn’t end with his return to Europe, though. According to the New York Times, Tch