Born in France to Guinean parents, having three nationalities and spent his entire professional career in Germany, Ibrahima Traore is anything but your average type of footballer.

Having impressed at youth level for French lower division side Levallois SC, Hertha Berlin took a shot at the 18-year-old winger in 2007. Traore found it difficult establishing himself at the capital's biggest side, however, managing only one appearance for the senior side during his two-and-a-half year stint.

Despite being regarded as too fragile for professional football by some, then-Bundesliga 2 FC Augsburg trusted the services the left-footed 1.71 metre and 61 kg winger, and helped kick starting Traore's career. The Guinean registered 30 league appearances in his first season, as well as five in the DFB Cup, scoring a total seven goals and setting up another 13 as Augsburg finished an impressive third.

Traore's performance at club level didn't go unnoticed in his parents' home, earning him a first international call-up in August 2010 at the age of 22. Traore found the net on his Guinea debut in a 2-0 victory against Mali, and rose to stardom after helping Guinea book a ticket for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations thanks to his 2-2 equaliser against Nigeria in the 12th minute of stoppage time.

VfB Stuttgart snapped up the West African in 2011. Following a low key first season in the Baden-Württemberg capital, Traore, who also has Lebanese citizenship as his mother grew up in the Arab country, established himself as a regular in his second year, his trademark runs leading to seven assists and three goals in 32 top-flight appearances.

Keen for a new challenge, but also to stay in his footballing home Germany, Traore has opted for a move to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach that will see him ply his trades for the Foals from July 2014. Before though, the industrious attacker will be doing his best to help Stuttgart avoid relegation. “We wanted to keep him here for as long as possible,” admitted VfB sporting director Fredi Bobic. “I'm sure he'll give his all until the very last day. He's a great character."