‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party!’ That’s what the Leicester City fans have been singing all season as a new hero is born in the Premier League. But who is the Foxes leading goalscorer that’s leading his team to an unprecedented title? Click here to find out!
Jamie Vardy, 29, has been a revelation this season for Leicester City, who are on the verge of winning the Premier League title for the first time in their 132-year history. His meteoric rise to super-stardom has proven that fairytales can happen in soccer. But who is the man hogging the sports pages around the world? Let us tell you 5 facts about England’s most talked about striker.
1. He came from humble beginnings
Jamie is what they call in the game a late bloomer. It’s a real rags-to-riches story that began at lowly semi-professional team Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007. As a part-time player, he held down a job as a technician making medical splints to supplement his $50 weekly wage from playing soccer. In 2010, he moved to non-league Halifax Town, which is still the 5th tier of English soccer leagues, and impressed there for one season before being picked up by Fleetwood Town. It wasn’t until 2012 that Leicester City decided to take a gamble on Vardy when he was 25-year-old. Since then, he hasn’t looked back.
2. Jamie’s a record breaker
That’s right. In the 2015/2016 season, Jamie scored in a record 11 consecutive Premier League games — beating Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy‘s longtime record. Ironically enough he broke the record against… the Red Devils!
3. His consistent form has earned him international recognition
Because of his rise from non-league to Premier League quality in just 5 seasons, his efforts have been rewarded by the England national team. He has played 6 games for his country and has already scored twice, against Germany and the Netherlands. Not too shabby indeed!
4. His life is going to be the subject of a Hollywood movie
If you think his story should be immortalized with a movie, then Hollywood bosses are already ahead of the game. Jamie’s life is set to become a box office draw with a film being penned by Goal! writer Adrian Butchart. They met in February, 2016 and discussed ideas, with both parties eager to work together.
5. Is he single?
Sadly girls, he isn’t. Jamie is engaged to longtime girlfriend Rebekah Nicholson, with whom he was a 1-year-old daughter called Sofia. Their wedding is scheduled to take place on May 25, according to reports in the UK.
HollywoodLifers, how impressed by Jamie have you been this season? Are you looking forward to seeing a movie about his life? Tell us what you think below!