Alban Lafont | 20 Years On | FM18 Wonderkids in Football Manager

Welcome to 20 Years On, a series here on VivaLaVidaFM where we take one of the games hottest prospects and see where they end up at the end of their career in Football Manager. In this post, we see where French goalkeeper Alban Lafont could end up in 20 years time.

Name: Alban Lafont

Birthday: 23 January 1999

Current Club: Toulouse

Nation: France

Back in 2015, Alban Lafont was given his Ligue 1 debut for Toulouse at the age of 16 years and 310 days. This meant that he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the top tier of French football. Since 2015, Lafont has become Toulouse’s first choice goalkeeper and he has continued to impress. Can he become a world-class goalkeeper on FM18?

lafont 2017

Alban Lafont | 2017

Alban Lafont | FM18 Wonderkids

Toulouse | 2017-2019toulouse

  • Appearances: 91
  • Clean Sheets: 24

Alban Lafont stayed with his first club for a couple more seasons after the beginning of the game. He made 91 appearances, keeping 24 clean sheets, and helped Toulouse to only their second French Cup title – their first since 1957!

Arsenal | 2019-2023arsenal

  • Appearances: 111
  • Clean Sheets: 38

Arsenal paid Toulouse £25.5M to purchase Lafont. The Frenchman was never really settled as Arsenal’s number one, but he did contribute to their Europa League winning season as he started every game in the competition. Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 2-1 after extra time to record only their second European triumph.

Bayern Munich | 2023-2026bayern munich

  • Appearances: 9
  • Clean Sheets: 8

Bayern Munich signed Lafont on a free transfer in 2023. However the Frenchman only made 9 first-team appearances for the German giants in what was a strange three seasons. He only conceded in one of his nine appearances but was not given any further chances and was promptly sold in 2026.

Liverpool | 2026-2035liverpool

  • Appearances: 225
  • Clean Sheets: 65

Liverpool paid £20M for Lafont (Bayern must be laughing!) and he became their first choice keeper for the next six seasons. He never won a trophy with Liverpool and eventually dropped down the pecking order, so I’m sure he will be disappointed he didn’t make a bigger impact for the final club in his career.

lafont career history

Alban Lafont career history

International | France

  • Caps: 68
  • Clean Sheets: 39

When Lafont looks back on his career, it will be the international side that means the most to him. With France he won two International League titles and a Confederations Cup too, but it will be the 2022 World Cup that stands out.

france 2022 world cup win

France win the 2022 World Cup

A 3-1 victory over England in the Final secured Lafont the most prestigious of trophies. In his career he made 68 appearances for the national side and kept a clean sheet more than once every two games.

Statistics and Honours

alban lafont graphic

Honours

toulouse1x French Cup

 


arsenal1x Europa League

 


france2x International League

1x FIFA WORLD CUP

1x Confederations Cup

lafont GIF

Alban Lafont GIF

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