Q&A: Amadou Macky Diop

Amadou Macky Diop shares a few of his favorite things. 


  • What’s your favorite color? 

    • I like all colors. But I will say black

  • Do you have a favorite TV show right now? 

    • Money Heist

  • How have you been filling your time recently? 

    • Reading, working out at home, eating, sleeping, trying to get some rest. Playing video games, watching tv, just trying not to get bored

  • What have you been reading? 

    • Leadership, Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink 

  • What video games have you been playing? 

    • I play FIFA 20 and Call of Duty. Those are my favorite games. Sometimes I play Assassin’s Creed and 2K20 also. 

  • What’s your favorite food? 

    • I like any food that goes with chicken, beef or salmon

  • Do you have a favorite thing to cook? 

    • Rice and meat, you can choose whatever meat you want to go with it. It’s a dish from my country Senegal. My mom used to make it a lot.

  • What’s your favorite sport to watch besides soccer? 

    • I like basketball. I like to watch hockey too. I know that’s really weird, but I like it. I like every kind of sport, but I really like to watch basketball. 

  • Do you have a favorite basketball team? 

    • The Houston Rockets but only because James Harden is my favorite player.

  • If you weren’t a professional soccer player, what would you be doing? 

    • Probably playing basketball or just in school. 

  • What got you into soccer? 

    • In my country, we have three national sports - soccer, basketball and wrestling. So everyone is pretty much good at those three because that's all you play when you’re young. Everyone in my family plays soccer, so I was around soccer. I’ve played soccer since I could walk with my brothers and my dad. 

  • What’s your favorite soccer memory? 

    • When I was 13, I went to this big academy in my country. I went to these big trials kind of like a combine. Every kid in my country wanted to go to this academy because it’s the best one. Probably over 1,000 kids showed up. And they only picked 20 of us. I had to leave my family at 13 and stay at the academy. I stayed with the academy until I was 18, until I graduated. But that first day was probably my favorite soccer memory. 

  • Do you have a favorite thing about Atlanta? 

    • Not really. I haven’t been out a lot yet. I’ve been to Buckhead and downtown. I went to the aquarium that was really fun. I like animals. I’ve been to a few restaurants and coffee shops, but that’s about it. I haven’t really had time to visit.

  • Do you have a favorite fan memory? 

    • I really like how the fans here welcomed me. I really like that they sent me messages even before I came, saying “Welcome to Atlanta United. We’re excited to see you.” They made me flags and badges that said “No Macky, No Party”. And then at the game they stayed and took pictures with me.