Grace first kick a ball in Orleans, some hundred kilometres from the capital where she grew up. "I started playing football with my brother when I was little," explained the midfielder. "He always wanted to play in the front yard. He would put me in goal and shoot and when he went to play with his friends, he'd take me with him." The future international liked it and signed up with US Orléans, and then SMOC Saint-Jean de Braye, before going to a try out at Clairefontaine when she was 14 and joined the youth ranks at Paris Saint-Germain.
"I started a lot higher up the pitch. Today I'm mostly positioned in front of the defence but I really like it because I'm often in a good shooting position. Against Lyon, I played in defence, which is a bit different, but I adapted well and it helped me work on my anticipation and vision."
Her rapid rise through the ranks comes as no surprise to her clubmates, starting with the Brazilian Cristiane, who has watched her progress over the last two seasons: "Grâce has been able to seize the opportunity that came her way. Today, when I watch her play, I think she's been a pro for a decade. When we play with her, we feel solid, she plays with a lot of maturity, as though she has a lot more experience than she actually has. If she continues like this, she'll become a really great player, no doubt!"
Her talent hasn't escaped the eye of France national team coach Olivier Echouafni, who called her up for the first time in January along with club mate Eve Périsset, and made her a key element of his side for the She Believes Cup, that Les Bleues won in March. "When we have come through all the France junior ranks, making the senior the senior squad is a great source of pride. I want to become a regular international. It's incredible to play for Paris Saint-Germain and Les Bleues." A U17 World Cup winner, a European U19 champion and U20 World Cup finalist, there are already plenty of trophies in the cabinet, but she wants more.
Spain international Veronica Boquete echoed the South American's sentiments: "When I signed her, I didn't know her that well, I'd just seen her play a few U19 matches and knew she was good. But when you train with her and see her in the big games, it's unbelievable to think she's just 19. She is really professional and very mature. She's already a regular starter in the Division 1 and is ready for the Champions League. She's an important player for the team and that's also helping her develop. She is ambitious and wants to be one of the best so she's with the right club, a great club, surrounded by very good midfielders. I think she will go a very long way."
"In my position, playing alongside Shirley Cruz and Veronica Boquete, I have to learn from their experience. They are models for me. Making a place for myself in this midfield is not easy and I use them as examples to keep improving."
Shy and retiring off the pitch, and a warrior on it, Grâce Geyoro recently extended her contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2021 and sees a bright future for her club: "I have a very strong bond with this club. I came through the youth academy here and was very happy to sign my new contract. I want to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as long as possible. In the coming months and years we are going to win trophies, I'm sure!"