Katoto with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018
|Full name||Marie-Antoinette Oda Katoto|
|Date of birth||1 November 1998|
|Place of birth||Colombes, France|
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 29 September 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2019
Marie-Antoinette Oda Katoto (born 1 November 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Division 1 Féminine club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.
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Katoto began playing football for her hometown club Colombes FFC in 2005. She joined the youth section of Paris Saint-Germain in 2011. She went on to score 27 goals from 26 matches for the youth teams of Paris Saint-Germain and helped her side to win the Championnat de France National Féminine U19 in 2016.
Katoto made her professional debut on 26 April 2015 against Wolfsburg in the second leg of a UEFA Women's Champions League tie. She was given a league debut by manager Farid Benstiti during the following week's 5–0 win over Rodez. She played the whole 90 minutes and netted a goal.
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Katoto scored 21 goals during 2017–18 Division 1 Féminine season, finishing second in the top scorers' list behind eventual Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg. On 31 May 2018, she helped her side to win the 2017-18 Coupe de France Féminine final against six-time defending champions Lyon by scoring the only goal in the match.
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