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Ross Barkley biography

Chances are that you have never heard of Ross Barkley, the Nigerian - English professional footballer. The article below takes an overview to his professional and personal life. So keep tracking us if you’re interested.

As one of the best football players of his generation,

Ross Barkley is the player who currently kicks the ball for Chelsea on loan. Born on 5 December 1993, Barkley turned 27 years old in December 2020. Ross Barkley nationality

is British and he was born and raised in Liverpool. Barkley, as many other professional footballers started his athletic career at an early age. According to

Ross Barkley bio

he joined Everton at the age of 11. At the time he played for the club’s youth team. 


is another major team which stands out among the teams he has attended in his professional career history.

Everything you need to know about Ross Barkley bio

Before taking a more subtle look at Ross Barkley biography you are provided with a list of technical and physical information about him.

Ross Barkley information

Ross Barkley Bio

  • Full name:

    Ross Barkley

  • Nickname

    : Ross the boss

Ross Barkley


Physical states

  • Height

    : 6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)

  • Hair color

    : Dark brown

  • Eye color:


Ross Barkley Football information

  • Position

    : Attacking midfielder

  • Jersey number

    : 8

  • Professional debut:

Ross Barkley Personal information

  • Ross Barkley Date of birth:

    5 December 1993

  • Place of birth

    : Liverpool

  • Marital status

    : Single

Ross Barkley early life

As mentioned before, Ross Barkley was born in Liverpool, Merseyside. His father Peter Effanga, is Nigerian and his mother, Dian Barkley is British.

He carries his mother’s maiden name as his family name, Barkley instead of his father’s.

An interesting fact about

Ross Barkley childhood

is that he looked bigger and even older than his peers. It was so intense that one would wonder if he was playing in the right age category.

Referring to

Ross Barkley life story, he was supposed to make his premier league debut as a substitute in early 2010-11 but he unlikely broke his leg and the misadventure prevented him from taking part in the competition.

After his leg mended, he got the chance to take part in pre-season training before 2011-12. He was lucky enough to be named as the man of the match in his debut in


's first home match of 2011-12 season and his first appearance was highly acclaimed by other professional footballers who predicted that he will become the best player of the country in the future.

According to

Ross Barkley biography

, he managed to score his first goal for Everton on the opening day of 2013-14 season in a match against Norwich City and he owned the title, man of the match which is neither the first nor the last man-of-the-match title that he has achieved.

Ross Barkley managed to score his first FA Cup goal in a match against Queens Park Rangers in which Everton won with a 4-0 result. Later, in March he did a magnificent solo job. He ran from his half to kick the ball in to the net and he succeeded. His action was praised by many. He got the chance to place his name among the names of 6 players on the shortlist for the PFA Young player of the year award. At the end of the season he had scored 6 goals in 34 Premier League matches.

On 29 July 2014 Ross Barkley exceeded his contract with Everton for 4 years until 2018. Due to an injury he couldn’t play for the club until 18 October 2014. On 15 December he aided the team to win over Queens Park Rangers by scoring his first goal of the season.

In 2017 Ross Barkley refused to resign an extension offered by Everton and claimed that he was prepared to try new challenges.

Ross Barkley Profile

Joining Chelsea was definitely a turning point in

Ross Barkley life story.

He signed a five and a half year contract with the club on 5 January 2018. He was assigned shirt number 8 the same as his shirt number in Everton.

Despite 2017-18 season, Barkley started the 2018-19 season vigorously. He managed to score his very first goal for the team on 7 October in which Chelsea won over


in the premier league. The second goal was an equalizer against

Manchester United


Later in the Europe league he got the chance to score his first European goal and he scored one the two goals that resulted in Chelsea defeating Malmo. The achievement was followed by another one six days later in the second - leg tie against Malmo.

On 17 September 2019, Ross Barkleyś attempt to kick the penalty failed. The misadventure became controversial regarding the fact that he didn’t consult with his teammates before taking the penalty. But manager of the club, Frank Lampard came out to defend his actions when the game was over.

After being captured in a nightclub in November 2019 , he wasn’t allowed to accompany his team to Valencia and Lampard was criticized for being supportive of him

Style of paly

Ross Barkley is considered to be the most confusing player among Chelsea players. Before hiring him, Chelsea had their eyes on him for quite a long time. Because, apart from being a good player, he was cheap. He was battling injury the first season of his presence in Chelsea and he didn’t perform well in the second season. The third season was when he got the chance to show off his abilities.

In 2013 he was described as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack by Everton manager, Roberto Martinez. Also Frank Lampard, professional football manager stated that he reminds him of a young Wayne Rooney.

His pace and power and his brilliant techniques are the other excellent features of Ross Barkley.


After leaving Everton to join Chelsea, Ross Barkley should have anticipated that one day he will be a target to unkind reactions from Evertonians who have never been kind to one of their own leaving.

In a match in which Chelsea defeated Everton at the end, he was booed by his former team fans when he started moving forward.

Before the match he had stated:” I don’t think it (the reception) will be the best. I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and team-mates – I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me.”

Goal celebration

Ross Barkley pre-goal celebration is an incident remembered by Everton fans in an exhilarating  match against


The  23-year-old modifier celebrated the goal prematurely even before kicking the ball into the net and his joy was evident to every one which came out to be the biggest talking point of the match and was highlighted even more than Romelu Lukaku, Bournemouth striker great performance.

Some expressed his action as arrogant or disrespectful, something that he denied.

Later he explained “That just showed how much I’m enjoying it at the minute, and that’s the same with all of the lads as well.”

“The goal was in the last minute and it’s something you do as a kid. I was through and knew I wasn’t missing, so I celebrated before I scored. It was just on the spur of the moment, I thought about doing it straight away.”

Ross Barkley outside football

As pointed out before,

Ross Barkley nationality

is British and he has a Nigerian descent from his father. Being renowned as a brilliant player, he is also considered as Englandś Prodigy. here we will dive into his personal life. So keep reading to find out more about

Ross Barkley biography


Family, children and relationships

As pointed out before, Ross Barkley nationality is British but he is multiracial. His father, Peter Effanga is a Nigerian automobile engineer and his mother, Diane Barkley is a housewife. Ross Barkley religion is christianity.

He is not married but he started dating with his childhood sweetheart, Zoe Riozzi a couple of years ago. Zoe works in a nursing school.


 In an occasion, Ross Barkley and

Rumelu Lukaku

arranged a rendezvous to help children in need. The English modifier and Belgian striker spent some time showing off their ball-juggling skills. Everton mascot, Changy the elephant joined them to build up a more entertaining atmosphere for the kids.

Legal issues

Ross Barkley hasn’t encountered serious legal issues during his professional career. An incident which was more noticeable is when he was pictured shortless in a nightclub in Dubai. However the incident didn’t concern Chelsea managers because Barkley was on a vacation.

Later he acknowledged that the incident was embarrassing and it was unfortunate of him to get caught in such a situation and vowed that it won’t happen again. He stated “it’s a big lesson. You have got to be aware of your surroundings when you let your hair down for any player out there.”

Ross Barkley career statistics

Following the details presented above about the Chelsea modifier, we have provided below a set of information about Ross Barkley’s career both on club and international levels, detailing out how many games he has played and how many goals he has scored during those appearances.


As mentioned before, Ross Barkley joined Everton when he was only 11 years old and soon grabbed the attentions due to his strength, motivation and brilliant technical qualities. He also has the experience of playing spending time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Referring to

 Ross Barkley biography,

 he scored his first goal for Everton on the opening day of the 2011-12 season. His superior performance and his high-quality displays guaranteed his presence in the England squad for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil the following summer.

In terms of the number of scored goals, 2015-16 was the best season for Barkley. He highly contributed his teammates by creating goalscoring opportunities for them. In addition to that, it was Barkleyś most prolific in terms of scored goals.

Referring to Ross Barkley biography, he made his debut for Chelsea when he came on for the injured Willian in League Cup semi-final. He couldn’t accompany his team for about three months due to injury.

Barkley started Chelsea 2018-19 opening-day win at Huddersfield . He achieved his first Chelsea goal in a 3-0 win at Southampton. A couple of weeks later, he aided his teammate to break the deadlock and score the second goal of Chelseaś four goals by a superb pass to

Alvaro Morata.

Barkley made his debut for Chelsea when he came on for the injured Willian in League Cup semi-final. He couldn’t accompany his team for about three months due to injury.

Barkley started Chelsea 2018-19 opening-day win at Huddersfield. He achieved his first Chelsea goal in a 3-0 win at Southampton. A couple of weeks later, he aided his teammate to break the deadlock and score the second goal of Chelseaś four goals by a superb pass to Alvaro Morata.

In 2019-20 Barkley mostly appeared as a substitute, however he played a crucial role in helping Chelsea reach the FA Cup final by scoring the only goal of the quarter-final against Liverpool at Leicester city.

Ross Barkley appeared in Chelseaś opening three games and managed to score in the Carabao Cup against Barnsley. Later in September it was announced that Barkley would spend the rest of the 2020-21 season on loan at

Aston Villa



Ross Barkley was chosen to represent his country at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20, under-21 and also senior level. He took part in the 2009 Montaigue Tournament and he led the team to defeat Germany 2-1 on penalties. He also assisted England national football team to win the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship by scoring two goals where England won over Spain.

On the report of Ross Barkley biography, in August 2011 he was called up to the England under-21 and he managed to score his first goal for England under-21s on 13 August 2013. At the end of the match England beat Scotland 6-0.

A couple of days later, he was called up to the senior English squad and achieved his very first senior cap in September.

Finally he placed his name in England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which is a turning point in Ross Barkley biography. He made his World Cup debut in a match against Italy where he came into sights as a substitute in the 61st minute and aided the team to defeat Italy with a 2-1 result.

Barkley got the chance to have a full presence on the football field in England ś final group match with Costa Rica in which neither team scored goals.

Ross Barkley honors

Barkley represented England in the young age category. He achieved his first senior cap in 2013  against Moldova at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier match.

As a result, the English midfielder came in among the names in the squad for the finals and came off the bench in England's opening game, where Italy was defeated with a 2-1 result. Later he  completed the full game as the England national football team drew 0-0 against Costa Rica in their final match of the tournament.

Barkley scored his first international goal in a 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifier against

San Marino

, and although he was selected in the squad for the finals, he didn't show up.

Ross Barkley missed out on selection for Russia World Cup squad but his magnificent early-season function at club level led to an international recall for the

UEFA Nations League

and he started every game, including the unforgetable win over Spain, as England topped their group to reach the finals.

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