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Michelangelo's Black Owl Aims Higher: Who's the Antwerp Baliquicha's Taste Maker?  |  Antwerp

Michelangelo’s Black Owl Aims Higher: Who’s the Antwerp Baliquicha’s Taste Maker? | Antwerp

Michel-Ange Balikwisha (21 years old) appears to have been launched in Antwerp. Performed last season as a record transfer under Club Brugge’s sights, it has been untenable in recent weeks with a No. 1. Finally, the super talent appears to be tapping into their full potential. personalized plate.

Michelangelo, also known as Mr. Jules

Michel-Ange is named in part after the Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo, as if his parents already knew they had brought an artist into the world. He was raised in a Congolese Christian family, with his brother William, a professional footballer at Standard.

“I’m the best, because I have more insight into the game. Technically William is better at dribbling and passing,” the young man said in an interview with Promises of the Red Devils.

Despite his Congolese roots, he enjoys playing for Belgium. He has gone through every youth streak and is now a permanent member of Jackie Mathisen’s National Team Promise.

The Balikoich youth made their first footballing strides in Anderlecht. There, Mickey, as he liked to be called, was nicknamed “Mr. Jules”. As a deep striker, he scored once every three/four acts.

Michel Ange Baliquicha in The Promises of the Red Devils by Jackie Mathisen.

It all goes back to football

But to take the real step in professional football, he left the parent’s nest at the age of 13. With his brother, he moved to U13 of Standard, to get more playing opportunities.

This was also the reason why he chose Antwerp last summer, in that true saga of transfers between Club Brugge and Antwerp. Antwerp can prepare him with more minutes of play. It’s clear: everything about Mickey goes back to football.

He loves the game: he has all the FIFA games since 2011, and he constantly watches matches on TV, sometimes to the frustration of his girlfriend, Enes, with whom he lives in an apartment in Merksem.

family man

Besides his obsession with football, the cheerful striker also has a big heart for his family. He calls it his biggest ambition to make his parents and grandparents proud.

When he finally managed to score for Antwerp against Standard, he dedicated the goal to his brother who was, in Mickey’s words, “hostage” by Standard. William was referred to the Standard B squad. Michel Ange showed off a T-shirt with the inscription: “Liberez mon frère”.

Baliquicha made his bold statement in support of his brother after his goal against Standard.

Transport soap from last summer

They already knew in Standard that it could be sharp. Standard wanted to sell Balikwisha to Club Brugge, which had 7 million euros. But despite the agreement between the two clubs, Michel Ange, with the help of his intermediary (Didier Frenay), insisted on going to Antwerp, which offered less money.

Standard refused at first, and subsequently threatened Baliquicha with the 1978 Act, which states that a player can terminate his contract if he pays the amount of his remaining salary to the club. Since he still had a youth contract, that was reduced to just €300,000.

In the end, it didn’t get that far, and Antwerp and Standard signed a €5 million deal, instantly the most expensive transfer ever from The Great Old.

Announcing the transfer of Baliquicha from Standard to Antwerp.

balls on his body

He’s proven once again that he has the balls to pick the sacred number 10 as a new young player, without much accrued merit at the highest level.

And also to announce during his performance that he wants to score 25 goals in his first season with Antwerp. No unnecessary stress, he says, but rather leads to better performance.

Only his season turned out differently, stranded with four goals. He missed his start due to a groin injury and shortly afterwards had a groin injury. As soon as he recovered, he said that he unconsciously played with the handbrake, fearing new injuries.

But towards the end of last season, Michel Ang showed the occasional Michelangelo flashes of the Standard. He appears to have left this season, scoring three impressive goals in as many matches.

“Mbabee Luten”

Baliquicha is clearly having fun in Antwerp and that also reflects on the club. Everyone he works with loves him. He’s got cute, spontaneous, lively and calm stickers.

He has been on particularly good terms with Manuel Benson, who now plays for Burnley. Benson on Baliquicha: “In Antwerp we call him Mbappe Luten, because his style is similar to Mbappe’s.”

Secretly, Baliquisha dreams of acquiring Mbappe’s status. He had already charted a career path in his head: through a great club in Spain, to a great club in France, to eventually end up in the Premier League.

But first: Antwerp. And good news for Antwerp fans: this time he didn’t score an expected number of goals for himself at the start of the season.

Baliquicha with his friend Benson, who now plays for Burnley.

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