Abdoulay Konko was born on March 9th, 1984, in Marseille, France and is of Moroccan decent. Konko’s is naturally right footed and his most comfortable position is right back. Prior to joining Lazio on July 1st, 2011, Konko enjoyed spells with Genoa, Sevilla, Sienna, Juventus and Crotone. Konko is actually a product of the Juventus youth system and his time at Crotone was on loan, Konko was unable to break into the Juventus squad and was subsequently sold to Sienna in 2006 for $500,000 Euros. After his short spell in Sienna he was sold to Genoa for $1M Euros in 2007. In the summer of 2008 Genoa cashed in on Konko and sold him for a reported $8.5M Euros to Sevilla, he would replace Danny Alves who had moved to Barcelona. It was in Sevilla where Konko enjoyed his longest spell, as he spent close to four seasons in Spain. In the January transfer window of 2011, Konko was sold back to Genoa from Sevilla for a fee of $6M Euros. That summer, Lazio purchased Konko for $4M Euros from Genoa; today, Konko has an estimated market value of $2.5M Euros.
As a result of the competition at the right back position at Lazio, Konko has found it hard to earn playing time with Pioli at the helm. Both Basta and Cavanda are ahead of Konko in the pecking order for Pioli, as a result, Konko has only made two Serie A appearances in the 2014-2015 season, picking up approximately 135 minutes in playing time. Konko has seen more appearances in the Lazio shirt come in Coppa Italia and Europa League fixtures. Since joining Lazio in the summer of 2011, Konko has made 70 appearances for Lazio in Serie A, and has a goal to his name. Konko’s greatest football achievements include a Coppa del Rey with Sevilla in 2010, and of course the infamous Coppa Italia victory with Lazio in May of 2013. Konko is currently under contract with Lazio until the end of June 2016. It remains to be seen if Konko will resign with Lazio and remain with the team for a longer period of time. Konko truly is a strong defender, he is tall and extremely athletic and can move quickly up and down the wings.