He’s one of the most promising young European football players. And his first name is Rabbi.
Rabbi Matondo’s name is likely to spark some interest among Jewish football fans. He’s not Jewish, though — his father is Congolese — and his name is pronounced rab-ee, not like the word for a Jewish clergy member. The name is not too uncommon in certain African countries.
Matondo, who is only 18 years old, made headlines Wednesday for signing a deal worth over £10 million to play for the German club Schalke. He has been playing for the prestigious Manchester City team’s under-23 youth team for the past few years, but now signed for German club Schalke.
Read more here about Rabbi’s unlikely rise from a troubled neighbourhood in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, to some of football’s biggest stages.
Delighted to announce I have signed for @S04! A real honour to sign for a club of this size and stature!
— Rabbi Matondo (@rabbi_matondo) January 30, 2019