Former Leeds United winger Max Gradel becomes an Olympian

Former Leeds United winger Max Gradel is now an Olympian - and off to a winning start.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 12:48 pm

Now 33 years old, Gradel is representing the Ivory Coast at Tokyo 2020 and captained the side in their Group D opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Gradel stayed on the pitch for 86 minutes and was booked before coming as his side began their bid for glory with a 2-1 victory.

The Ivory Coast are in the same group as both Brazil and Germany who lock horns on Thursday lunch time.

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OLYMPIAN: Former Leeds United winger Max Gradel, on the ball in action for Ivory Coast in their Tokyo 2020 opener against Saudi Arabia. Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images.

Ivory Coast are back in action on Sunday morning against Brazil.

Ivory Coast last competed at the Olympics back in 2008 when Gradel was at Leicester City whom he left to join Leeds, initially on loan in October 2009.

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Thank you Laura Collins