Raphaël Varane



Raphaël Varane was born in Lille, France on 25 April 1993. A central defender, who is also able to play in a holding midfield role, he is known for his technique, passing, tactical awareness and ability to win headers. At times, his style of play has drawn comparisons with Fernando Hierro. Early in 2014, The Guardian included him in their list of the most promising young players in European football.

After starting out with nearby AS Hellemmes in 2000, Varane joined Lens' youth academy in 2002 and initially divided his time, playing for Lens at weekends and spending weekdays in Liévin, at the Centre de Préformation de Football. Over the years that followed, he enjoyed success, most notably winning the under-16 National Championship, before being promoted to the first team in 2010.

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