Marouane Fellaini made his debut at Standard under Jan Boskamp, in a midfield that also included Axel Witsel and Steven Defour.
His enormous physical assets, coupled with a more than above-average technique, did not go unnoticed and after 2 seasons he exchanged Standard for Everton, for just under 20 million euros.
In England Fellaini would completely explode. With his atypical style and his many – often important – goals, he became a cult hero, also at Manchester United.
With an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League cup, a bomb of money lured Fellaini to the Chinese league in 2019. With Shandong Luneng Taishan he became champion in 2021 and won the cup twice.
But Fellaini made his mark most at the Red Devils. Sometimes as a crowbar, sometimes as a finisher. For example, he scored the important equalizer against Japan at the 2018 World Cup in the 1/8th finals.
Shortly after that World Cup, Fellaini said goodbye to the national team, after 87 international matches in which he scored 18 times.
“After 18 years, my professional career comes to an end,” Marouane Fellaini wrote in his farewell letter on Instagram.
“It’s been an incredible adventure. I’m so grateful to have been able to play the sport I love at the highest level.”
Fellaini also thanks all the clubs he played for, the fans, his colleagues and of course his family.
“Now I am starting a new chapter in my life. I look forward to new challenges, but rest assured: I will always continue to support this beautiful sport in any way I can. See you soon!”
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