A Well-Decorated Defender Retires From France‘s National Football Team
Raphael Xavier Varane, who was born on April 25, 1993, is a French professional footballer who now plays as the central defender for Manchester United in the Premier League. Varane is renowned for his defensive ability and pace and is regarded as one of the best defenders of his time.
Prior to the 2010–11 season, Varane began training with the senior team and made several substitute appearances in league games while playing for the French side Lens. At the age of 17, Varane made his professional football debut in 2010, and after one season, he signed with Real Madrid.
He won 18 trophies there over the course of 10 seasons from 2011 to 2021, including three La Liga championships, one Copa del Rey, four UEFA Champions League championships, and four Premier League victories.
He left Real Madrid in 2021 and joined Manchester United. Varane made his full international debut in March 2013 and had previously represented France at the under-18, under-20, and under-21 levels.
He was a member of France’s FIFA World Cup teams in 2014 when he was nominated for the Best Young Player award, in 2018, when France won the tournament, and in 2022 when France finished as runners-up.
After 93 caps and 5 goals, he declared his retirement from international football in 2023.