- Birth Date
- 18 May 1981
- Current Club
He spent a further three seasons in Holland before signing for Lyon in France where he established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the game. He formed a formidable partnership alongside Michael Essien at Lyon and won four League Championships during his time at the club.
By the start of the 2006 season Diarra was one of the hottest properties in world football but Real Madrid beat off the advances of other clubs to sign the combative Malian midfielder.
Since joining the club Diarra helped win the Spanish title in 2006/07 and again the following season. His progress has been hampered in recent times due to injury but he recently made his comeback for Real and should be back at his best soon.
The current captain of the Mali national team, Diarra often plays alongside either Seydou Keita or Mohamed Sissoko in an excellent Mali midfield.
May 11, 2010 (Rank: 6)
Made second substitute appearances in the 4-1 win over Mallorca last week and the 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on the weekend.
May 4, 2010 (Rank: 5)
Played no part in Real Madrid’s 3-2 home win over Osasuna.
April 27, 2010 (Rank: 4)
Played no part in Real Madrid’s 2-1 away win over Real Zaragoza.
April 20, 2010 (Rank: 15)
Appeared as a second half substitute in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Almeria last Thursday.
April 13, 2010 (Rank: 6)
Missed out on ‘El Clasico’ against Barcelona at the weekend, with Spaniard Xabi Alonso preferred in the midfield holding role for Real Madrid.
April 6, 2010 (Rank: 11)
Returned to the Real Madrid team and played the full 90 minutes as they defeated Racing Santander 2-0 away from home to maintain their leadership of La Liga.
March 23, 2010 (Rank: 16)
Played no part as Real Madrid stayed top of the Primera Liga with a 3-1 home win over Sporting Gijon.
March 9, 2010 (Rank: 18)
Did not play for Real Madrid as they came from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-2 in the Spanish La Liga.
March 4, 2010 (Rank: 11)
Replaced Xabi Alonso in the 83rd miute for Real Madrid as they beat Tenerife 5-1 in the Spanish La Liga.
February 2, 2010 (Rank: 11)
Did not play for Real as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-1 in the Spanish La Liga.
December 22, 2009 (Rank: 19)
Started and played 90 minutes for Real Madrid as they beat Real Zaragoza 6-0 in the Spanish La Liga.
December 15, 2009 (Rank: 11)
Did not play for Real Madrid in their 3-2 win over Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.
|Tournament||MP (Sub)||Min P||Y||R||G|
|2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - Africa||6||478||2||0||0|
|2010 African Cup of Nations||2||180||2||0||0|
|Barclays Premier League 2011/12||4||326||1||0||0|
|Barclays Premier League 2012/13||4||310||1||0||0|