TEAM: Atlético Madrid

HOMETOWN: Liege, Belgium

DATE OF BIRTH: January 12, 1989

POSITION: Midfielder

Axel Witsel is a renowned midfielder who has played football across the global with spells at Standard Liege, Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Tianjin Wuanjian, Borussia Dortmund and now Atletico Madrid. He’s amassed 124 caps for the Belgium Red Devils to date.

At 18 years of age, he was a key member in the squad of Standard Liege who went on to win the Belgian League title that same year; Axel scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to decide the championship.

He’s featured at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2020.

A storied career, Axel has won 11 titles in his career thus far and helped Belgium to third place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.