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A detailed look at Jamie Vardy biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Jamie Vardy is a professional footballer who is currently playing as a striker for Leicester City Football club and England National team.

Over the past decade,

Jamie Vardy

has proven himself to be among the most lethal strikers in the football world. Vardy's rise from amateur football to the highest level of the game is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Unlike many stars who started their amateur football in famous academies of their country, Vardy had to work in the heavy lifting industry during his teenage years. After reaching his twenties, Vardy left his job to finally pursuit his dream to become a professional footballer.

Vardy made amends for the late start to his career with a speedy progress and after impressing with some of England lower division teams, joined

Leicester City

, where he became one of the world's best strikers.

Vardy was a key member of the Leicester City side which won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season against all odds. Vardy was selected as the Premier League player of the season and broke many records, including the record for scoring in most consecutive games (11 games).

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At 34 years of age, Vardy has shown no signs of slowing down and has been superb for the Foxes season in an out. In the 2019-20 season he became the oldest player to win the Premier League golden boot. Overall Vardy has scored 177 goals and has provided 74 assists in 372 matches during his professional club career. Stay tuned to read more about

Jamie Vardy biography

and professional life.

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All You Need to Know about Jamie Vardy Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Jamie Vardy biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Jamie Vardy Information

We will start our article on Jamie Vardy biography with some of his general information including his

Jamie Vardy life story

, physical stats, personal info and footballing information. Stay tuned to read more about

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Jamie Vardy Bio

  • Full Name:

    Jamie Richard Vardy

  • Nickname:

    Cannon

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Jamie Vardy Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    74 Kg

  • Height:

    1.79 m (6 ft.0 in)

  • Eye Color: 

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

     Brown

Jamie Vardy Football Information

  • Position:

    Forward

  • Jersey Number: 

    9 at Leicester City and England National team

  • Professional Debut:

     2011

Jamie Vardy Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 

    11 January 1987

  • Birth Place:

    Sheffield, England

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Capricorn

  • Nationality:

    English

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Jamie Vardy Early Life

In this section of our article about Jamie Vardy biography we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Jamie Vardy childhood

and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Jamie Vardy date of birth

is at the 11th of January 1987. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with four former Premier League stars, Emile Heskey,

Leroy Sane

, Bryan Robson, and Michael Keane who are all born on the 11th of January.

Jamie Vardy nationality

is English. He was born in Sheffield, England into a middle class family. His father was working as a crane operator and his mother was a former solicitor. Jamie did not have a happy childhood and had many quarrels with his parents since his teenage years. Eventually he decided to leave his parents' house and live on his own.

Vardy tried to enter his home town club, Sheffield, but was turned down because of his slender body and weak physicality. Vardy was heartbroken but did not give up and soon joined local club, Stockbridge Park, where he stayed for the next five years. In the meantime, worked off jobs in order to support himself financially. Vardy recalled the story of his starting point in amateur football in an interview years later:

“I went to college and a friend got me playing for his Sunday side, I wanted to get back into it. After that, I ended up playing for Stockbridge Park Steels as a youth player, then I had broken into the reserves and then the first team.”

In 2007 Vardy signed with Stocksbridge Park Steels, where he instantly broke into the first team and spent three years there before joining FC Halifax Town in 2010. Vardy Scored 25 goals in his debut season for Halifax Town and won the club's "Player's Player of the Year" award. In 2008 Vardy joined

Fleetwood town

youth team, where he continued to grow until he was promoted to the club's first team in 2011. He started his professional career at the age of 24. The story behind his decision to leave his demanding job to pursue his dreams in football in very interesting:

When you are molding 30 an hour, it takes its toll on your body. It got to the point where my back was just hanging off. It was time to say, 'I can't do this anymore. So I decided to just quit and live off the football money. Luckily, three days later, I signed for Fleetwood.”

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Jamie Vardy Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Jamie Vardy profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Fleetwood town

Jamie Vardy professional career started in 2011 as he was promoted to Fleetwood town senior side. He made his professional debut in a 0-0 home draw against York City in August 8, 2011. His first professional goal came in the game against Kettering town as his brace and one assist helped Fleetwood town to a 3-2 victory.

In October 18 of the same year, Vardy scored the first hat-trick of his career in the game against Alfreton, which Fleetwood town won 4-1. He was sensational in his first and only season at the club and scored a total of 34 goals in 40 matches. He also provided 17 assists and won the team's "Player of the Year" award as the club won the division. His amazing stats quickly caught the eyes of

Championship

and Premier League clubs who became interested in securing his services.

2012-2015: Joining Leicester City and becoming a starter

In the summer of 2012 it was announced that Vardy has signed a contract to join Leicester City at the Championship. In August He debuted for the Foxes and assisted a goal in the game against Peterborough which Leicester won by two goals to nil. He scored the first of his many goals for Leicester City in his third game or the club, a 3-2 loss against Blackburn.

Vardy scored 5 goals and provided 4 assists in 29 games across all competitions in his debut season with Leicester City.

The following season Vardy became a regular starter for Leicester as the team went on to win the Championship title while breaking many historic records including the most points by a champion (102) and most wins (31). Vardy played 41 games across all competitions and registered 16 goals and 10 assists to his name.

Vardy had a torrid first season at the

Premier League

. He scored his first Premier League goal and provided 4 assists in the home game against Manchester United, which Leicester won 5-3. But then went on a drying spell in front of the goal which lasted 22 games. In total he scored only 5 goals in 36 games. His assist stats were more impressive as he provided 10 goals for his teammates.

Reaching the top of the world in the historic 2015-16 season

The real fairy tale of Vardy's career was written in the 2015-16 season as Leicester won the premier league title much to the amazement of football fans around the world. Especially since it was Leicester's second season in the competition.

Vardy was absolutely amazing that season as he scored 24 goals in 38 games. He also broke many records during Leicester's historic 15-16 campaign including the record for scoring in most consecutive games when he netted in his 11th game in a row.

Following his amazing goal scoring streak, Vardy was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for November. He had won the award the previous month as well, a feat which made him only the fifth ever player to win the award in consecutive months. For his achievement, Vardy was presented with a certificate from Guinness World Records.

In total Vardy scored 24 goals and provided 8 assists in 38 games throughout the season. Vardy was the second highest scorer in the Premier League for the 2015–16 season, alongside Sergio Aguero, only one goal behind Golden Boot winner

Harry Kane

. At the end of the season Vardy was named FWA Footballer of the Year. He later won the Premier League Player of the Season award.

2017-2020: new milestones and winning the Golden Boot

Many of Leicester City stars chose to leave the club after their historic achievement in the 2015-16 season. Vardy, however, decided to stay with his beloved club and renewed his contract, despite strong interest from Arsenal.

Vardy could not replicate his fine form for Leicester in the 2016-17 season. He experienced a ten-match drought, but ended that streak with his first ever Premier League hat-trick in a 4-2 victory against Manchester City. He also scored his first ever Champions League goal in Leicester City's 2-1 defeat against

Sevilla

.

Vardy was back to his best in the following two seasons. He scored 23 goals in 42 matches across all competitions in the 2017-18 season, which was followed with another successful campaign with 18 goals in 36 matches.

Vardy reached the best form of his career in the 2019-20 season. He registered 23 goals and 7 assists in 40 games and won the Premier League Golden Boot. In doing so Vardy broke Didier Drogba's record for the oldest player ever to win the Premier League Golden Boot at 33 years of age.

Vardy has been as impressive as ever in the 20-21 season. He has scored 13 goals in 22 games so far into the season.

With England youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Vardy was first called up to England senior side in 2015.  He made his debut on the 7th of June in the goalless draw against the

Republic of Ireland

.

In total, Vardy has played 26 games for England senior side, scoring 7 goals along the way. He scored his first international goal on the 26th day of March 2016, with a beautiful back in a 3–2 away win against Germany.

Vardy represented England in the 2018 World Cup, which the three lions finished fourth. He later announced his retirement from international duty to focus on his club career. However, it is rumored that he will refrain from his decision for the upcoming European Championships in the summer of 2021.

Style of Play

Jamie Vardy is known for his incredible pace, finishing skills and work rate. He is an excellent goal scorer and assist provider and has proven his quality at the club and international levels.

He is good on one-on-one situations and can pass the opposition players easily with his speed.  He himself has revealed the reason behind his sprint in his interview:

"Obviously, when you're doing fitness work at a club all week and every week, it's all about specific drills for what you need to do on the pitch. So I'd be doing a different drill to the center-midfielders. It's all specifically tailored for me. For example, my drills are high speed. It's all about trying to break the line with a sharp sprint."

Vardy is also famous for his ability to make attacking runs and exploit spaces. He has a habit of scoring wonder goals. Although originally a center forward, Vardy has played in four positions up the field. In total, he has played 285 games as a center forward, 11 games as a second striker, 9 games as a left-winger and 7 games as a right-winger.

Reception

Jamie Vardy is considered as one of the best strikers of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his speed, finishing abilities and stamina.

Vardy received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in the 2015-16 season in which he guided Leicester City to the Premier League title and again in the 2019-20 season in which he became the oldest player ever to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

Goal Celebration

Jamie Vardy does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he has one memorable goal celebrations in 2020, during Leicester City's 2-1 win against

Sheffield United

. While celebrating his last-minute goal, Vardy slid into and destroyed a corner flag which was carrying the pride flag colors as part of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign. Vardy later signed the flag and donated it to Foxes Pride, Leicester's LGBT+ supporters group.

Jamie Vardy outside football

Jamie Vardy is active regularly on social media, but is not fond of its culture. His Instagram account is

@vardy7

. He has around 1.7 million followers on Instagram. Vardy once recalled a funny memory about the time he broke Van Nistelroy's long lasting record of most consecutive goals:

“My phone was just vibrating in my pocket constantly. I left it all until Sunday morning and then worked my way through everything, which is not easy when you’ve got Twitter, WhatsApp, text messages, Instagram, etc. But some of the messages were unbelievable.”

Like many of his fellow footballers, Jamie Vardy is obsessed with playing the FIFA game to the point that He prefers to stay home and play the popular game instead of going to bars and parties. In an interview he once said that he prefers to stay home on his PlayStation instead of watching Leicester's rivals games.

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Jamie Vardy is a fan of tattoos and its culture. He once had a seven hour long tattoo session before Leicester City won their historic Premier League title. The famous tattoo was a clock showing the time his daughter Sophia was born.

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Jamie Vardy Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Jamie Vardy biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Jamie Vardy immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Jamie Vardy has been in a long relationship with his former girlfriend and current wife, Rebekah Vardy since 2014. Rebekah is an English model, television, and media personality. She was a contestant on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Jamie met Rebekah when she was working as a nightclub promoter. The couple married two years later in a ceremony Cheshire, England.

Vardy and Rebekah have had three children, Sofia (born 2014), Finlay (born 2017) and Olivia Grace (born 2019) together. It is also interesting that each of them had one relationship before. Rebekah was married to another footballer, Luke Foster, with whom she had a daughter, Megan, and a son, Taylor. Vardy too has a daughter, Megan from his previous relationship with Emma Daggett. All the six children are living with Jamie and Rebekah.

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Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Jamie Vardy has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Jamie Vardy religion

is Christianity. He is a Catholic by birth. He comes from a very religious family and has posted many photos of himself at the Church, like the one he was carrying a tree for Virgin Mary status.

There are few information on Vardy's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites. In November 2015, Vardy launched V9 Academy, an annual week-long camp designed to offer coaching and guidance to 60 non-League players and offer them the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of scouts from league clubs.

Vardy is also an ambassador for Dorothy Goodman School, a special needs school in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

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Legal Issues

Jamie Vardy has been often criticized for his tendency to get into trouble. In 2007, he received a conviction for assault because of an incident outside a pub. He eventually and had to play with an electronic tag fitted for six months, while his curfew also limited his playing time at

Stocksbridge Park Steels

.

In August 2015, a video was published of Vardy at a casino the previous month, calling a man of East Asian origin a "Jap". He apologized and was fined by Leicester, who put him on an educational course. However this did not stop media and fans to forgive Vardy for his act, as he revealed in an interview in 2018:

"The word 'racist' is a permanent stain against my name. It's worse than a criminal record. Some people will never forgive me. Others will accept I made a terrible mistake and recognize I have learnt from it. It's on YouTube when my kids' type in their dad's name, and it comes up 'Jamie Vardy racist'. On Google, too. It's horrible."

Vardy and his wife, Rebekah were involved in a controversial scandal in 2018, when Wayne Rooney's wife accused Rebekah of leaking his twitter account information to the Sun newspaper, an allegation Rebekah refused to admit. Jamie took the Rooney's to court and the verdict is not known yet.

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Jamie Vardy Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Jamie Vardy career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Jamie Vardy has played 372 games for two clubs (Fleet town and Leicester City). During his career. He has registered 177 goals and 74 assists to his name.

Jamie Vardy best season individually was the 2019-20 Season in which he scored 23 goals and assisted further 8 in 40 games across all competitions.

Vardy has scored 13 goals and has provided 5 assists in 21 matches across all competitions for Leicester City so far in the 2020-21 season.

International

On the international, Jamie Vardy career stats shows that he has registered 7 goals and 2 assists in 26 games for

England National team

.

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Jamie Vardy Honors

We rap up our article on

Jamie Vardy biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

Jamie Vardy celebrated his first collective trophy in the 2012-13 season when he won the Championship title with Leicester City. While his first individual award was winning the Conference Premier Top Goal scorer in the 2011–12 season.

During his career, Jamie Vardy has won many collective and individual awards, the most important of them are: Premier League: 2015–16, Football League Championship: 2013–14, Premier League Player of the Season: 2015–16, FWA Footballer of the Year: 2015–16, PFA Team of the Year: two times in 2015–16 Premier League and 2019–20 Premier League, Premier League Golden Boot: 2019–20, FIFA FIFPro World11 5th team: 2016, Premier League Player of the Month: four times (October 2015, November 2015, April 2019, October 2019)

Premier League Goal of the Month: March 2018, BBC Goal of the Season: 2017–18, Leicester City Player of the Season: 2019–20, Leicester City Players' Player of the Season: 2 times in 2013–14 and 2019–20.

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