Inter have completed the signing of Bayern Munich centre-back Bejamin Pavard for a reported €30m fee. The France international joins the Nerazzurri on a five-year contract, having pushing for the transfer to take place. A statement on Inter’s club website announced the news:
A career is made up of so many days, matches, moments: some of them, however, remain unforgettable and change a player’s life forever. The moment that definitively lit up the star of Benjamin Jacques Marcel Pavard is well known: it was the 57th minute of France-Argentina on June 30, 2018, the round of 16 of the World Cup in Russia. It was a marvelous goal that rightfully brought him into the legend of French soccer.
Pavard’s story, however, starts from much further away, from Maubeuge, a town in the Nord department where Benjamin was born on March 28, 1996. A place far from the limelight, where the new Nerazzurri defender took his first steps. Pavard grew up in Jeumont, a village of about 10,000 souls on the border with Belgium: this is where he began his journey in soccer. A passion passed on by his father Frédéric, a former French third division player, who filled little Benjamin with gifts: always the same gift, always a soccer ball.
After his beginnings at Jeumont, Pavard joined the youth sector of Lille, the team of his heart, when he was 9 years old: four times a week his parents took him to training, covering those 100 km that separate the two cities. Benjamin moved early to pursue his dream: years of sacrifice and growth, leading to his first-team debut in Ligue 1 in January 2015 against Nantes.
Two seasons, then the move to Germany, destination Stuttgart: with the red and white Pavard plays three years, collecting 88 appearances and a promotion to the Bundesliga. Just while he plays in Stuttgart his career changes thanks to the 2018 World Cup: Benjamin is surprisingly summoned by Didier Deschamps, but in Russia he becomes a pivot for the Bleus who win the World Cup, playing 6 games and scoring that extraordinary goal against Argentina, which is awarded as the best goal of the tournament.
From there Pavard’s career definitely takes off: in 2019 he moves to Bayern Munich and over the course of his first two seasons wins every single trophy played as a star player, becoming decisive with a goal in the Club World Cup final against Tigres. In total with Bayern he plays 163 games, scores 12 goals and wins 11 trophies: a path studded with successes and triumphs.
Ductility, experience and a great desire to win: Pavard is ready to bring all his class to the Nerazzurri as well.