Yunus Musah’s Ghanaian background, parents, and nationality

Yunus Musah is a midfielder for the United States Men’s National Team and Serie A club AC Milan.

He has an interesting twist to his background, which has shaped his football career. He was born in New York City to Ghanaian parents and spent his early life in Italy before moving to London.

The footballer credits his success to his parents, Ibrahim and Amina Musah, who brought him up in a multicultural environment.

Here is more information about Yunus Musah’s Ghanaian background, parents, and nationality.

He was born in New York, USA

Yunus Musah was born in New York, USA, on November 29, 2002, while his mother was on vacation visiting relatives.

Yunus’ parents, Ibrahim and Amina Musah are Ghanaians who migrated to Italy to seek greener pastures. At the time of his birth, they were already Italian residents.

Initially, his mother thought of returning to her country of residence to give birth to him.

However, The Ringer reports that her doctors advised her against that move as it would be unsafe for her child. After giving birth in the USA, the doctors asked her to rest before returning to Italy.

He grew up in Italy and England

Although Yunus was born in the USA, he didn’t spend much time there. His mother moved back to Italy, where he would spend eight more years.

His mother, Amina Musah, ran a restaurant in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, specializing in traditional Ghanaian food. Thus, she introduced him to West African cuisine.

The American footballer was able to begin his football career with an Italian football club called Giorgione Calcio 2000.

Yunus Musah begun  his football career with an Italian football club.
Yunus Musah began his football career with an Italian football club. Image: Instagram/yunus.musah8

When he was nine, his family moved to London. Yunus didn’t want to move because his football career flourished in Italy; however, his father wanted a fresh start elsewhere.

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He joined Arsenal’s academy in England for seven years before moving to Spain to join Valencia’s Youth setup.

Having lived in Italy and England and being born in America to Ghanaian parents, the footballer was eligible to play for four countries’ national teams.

However, Yunus committed to playing for the United States National team in 2021.

He has three brothers and a sister

Yunus Musah has four siblings. His older brother is Abdul, and he has two other brothers, Navil and Ismail, as well as a sister named Fatiha.

The USMNT player is close to his elder brother, Abdul Musah, who is his agent and guide.

When Yunus’ family relocated to London, realizing his football talent, Abdul would allow him to play football with his older friends.

This helped Yunus to be quick with the ball against bigger, stronger, and more physical players as he progressed through the age groups.

He is multilingual

The American footballer speaks five languages: English, Italian, Hausa, Dagbani, and Spanish. He learned Spanish during his time at Valencia.

Ibrahim and Amina Musah always wanted Yunus to never forget his Ghanaian roots in Italy or the USA, so they frequently spoke Hausa to him.

He picked up the Dagbani language by helping at his mother’s restaurant in Italy, which served Ghanaian cuisine.

He started his professional career at Valencia

 Yunus joined England's U-15 team in 2016.
Yunus joined England’s U-15 team in 2016. Image: Instagram/yunus.musah8

Before joining Valencia in 2019, Yunus joined England’s U-15 team in 2016 and represented the Three Lions at every age level up to U-18.

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He had made over 30 international appearances for England at various age groups.

After his shift to Valencia, he was assigned to the reserves in Segunda Division B.

In 2020, he scored his first senior goal in a 2-2 draw against Getafe FC, becoming the youngest non-Spanish player to score for Valencia.

Just days after scoring his maiden Valencia goal, Yunus was called to the United States Men’s National Team for matches against Wales and Panama in November 2020.

This was his debut match for the United States National Team before he committed to represent the USA internationally.

According to Forbes, after 92 appearances for Valencia, the Italian club AC Milan noticed him and signed him on a five-year contract until June 2028.

Is Yunus Musah married? The USMNT player has yet to disclose his relationship status publically.

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