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Dele Alli Biography

Fri 12 March 2021 | 7:30

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

Dele Alli is a professional player who is currently playing as a midfielder for Tottenham football club and England national team.

Over the past few seasons, Dele Alli has proven to be among the best in his position. A graduate of

Sheffield Wednesday

and Milton Keynes youth academies, Dele Alli made a name for himself first for his promising performances with Milton Keynes and later for his amazing career at Tottenham.

Alli had a very successful start to his career. After playing in around a hundred games for Milton Keynes, He joined Tottenham in 2015 and went on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year in each of his first two seasons with the club. He also made the PFA Team of the Year on both season.

Originally from Nigeria, Dele Alli has been a player for England national team both at the youth and senior level. He has represented his country in the 2018

World Cup

, where he reached the semifinal with the three lions, and the 2016 European Championship.

A creative midfielder with a habit of scoring wonder goals, Dele Alli has scored 89 goals and has provided 74 assists in 329 matches during his professional career. He has found it hard to play regularly under Jose Mourinho and has featured in only 19 games for Tottenham in the 2020-21 season, registering 3 goals and 4 assist to his name. Stay tuned to read more about

Dele Alli biography

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All You Need to Know about Dele Alli Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Dele Alli 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.

Dele Alli Information

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Dele Alli life story

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Dele Alli Bio

 

Full Name

: Bamidele Jermaine Alli

 

Nickname

: The Delstroyer

 

Profession

: Professional Footballer

Dele Alli Physical Stats

 

Weight

: 78 Kg

 

Height

: 1.88 m (6 ft.0 in)

 

Eye Color:

Brown

 

Hair Color

: Brown

Dele Alli Football Information

  • Jersey Number

    : 20 at Tottenham and England National team

  • Professional Debut

    : 2012

 

Position

: Midfielder

Dele Alli Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Nationality

    : English/Nigerian

 

Date of Birth

: 11 April 1996

 

Birth Place:

Milton Keynes, England

 

Zodiac Sign:

Aries

Dele Alli Early Life

In this section of our article about

Dele Alli biography

we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Dele Alli childhood

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

Dele Alli date of birth is at the 11th day of April, 1996. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with three of today's star footballers, Vincent Kompany,

Sadio Mane

, and Thiago Alcantara who are all born on the 11th of April.

Dele Alli nationality

is English, but he has strong Nigerian roots from his father's side. In fact he could play for both Nigeria and English national teams, but despite many efforts from Nigerian Wimbledon player John Fashanu, he eventually decided to represent England.

Dele Alli's parents supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. Dele Alli impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his parents to sign him up for a trial at Sheffield Wednesday youth academy when he was 8 years old. Dele Alli passed the trial with ease and impressed his coaches. He stayed at the academy for the next three years and then joined Milton Keynes Academy.

In 2012, Dele Alli was called up to Milton Keynes Dons senior side, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 16.

Although Dele Alli has been playing for Tottenham Hotspur for the past five seasons, he was a diehard Liverpool fan since his childhood years. The player was born and raised in Milton Keynes, but his football fandom lies with the Red side of Merseyside.

Dele Alli most inspiring footballing memory was when

Liverpool

won the 2004-05 Champions League with a miraculous comeback against AC Milan. He was 9 years old at the time and was at awe of the amazing performances by England in Football's biggest club competition.

His footballing idol during his early years was Liverpool's legendary midfielder, Steven Gerard who was the hero of Liverpool in many games, including the UCL final against AC Milan. Dele once talked about his admiration for the Current Celtic Glasgow manager:

"Steven Gerrard was someone I looked up to massively. I'd always try to copy him, right down to the boots he was wearing. It was his attitude on the pitch that stood out - you could really see how much he hated losing."

Dele Alli Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Dele Alli 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 Milton Keynes Dons

Dele Alli professional career started in 2012 as he was promoted to

Milton Keynes Dons

senior side. He made his debut in a draw with Southern Football League club, Cambridge City in the FA Cup first round. He was 16 years old at the time.

One interesting fact about his professional debut game was that His first touch was a back-heeled pass. Despite his young age, Dele Alli continued to perform at a high level consistently and became a key member for the team.

In the 2013–14 season Alli scored 7 goals in 37 games. A record he bettered the following season with 16 goals in 44 appearances. He won many collective and individual awards with his boyhood club including Milton Keynes Dons Young Player of the Year in 2013–14, Football League Young Player of the Month in August 2014 and Football League Young Player of the Year in 2015.

Overall, Dele Alli scored 24 goals in 88 games for Milton Keynes Dons before leaving his boyhood club for Tottenham in 2015.

Moving to Tottenham

In the summer of 2015 it was announced that Dele Alli has signed a 5 and half year contract with Tottenham to play at the Premier League. However, Tottenham decided to loan him back to Milton Keynes for another season.

The following season, Alli return to Tottenham and gradually earned himself a place among the club's first choice midfielders. He made his debut for Tottenham against

Manchester United

in the Premier League when he came on as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat away. Two weeks later, he scored his first goal for the club after again coming on as a substitute in the 1–1 draw against Leicester City. Alli finished his first season at Tottenham with 10 goals in 46 games.

Alli's best season at Tottenham in terms of goal scoring was the 2016-17 season in which he scored 22 goals in 50 matches. The young English attacking midfielder had a key role in Spurs successful campaigns in recent years and was especially magnificent in the 2018-19 season in which Tottenham reached the Final of the Champions League after dramatic wins against the likes of Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam. Alli and cos. were eventually beaten by Liverpool in the final. 

Losing his place at Tottenham

Alli's position among Tottenham's starting eleven started to change when Mauricio Pochetino was sacked and Jose Mourinho took charge of the club. Alli scored only 9 goals in 38 games across all competitions for Spurs in the 2019-20 season and was sidelined in many games due to injury.

The 2020-21 season has not been any better for Alli as he has lost his place in the Tottenham's starting line-up under Mourinho. Alli has played only 18 games in all competitions for Tottenham this season, including 8 games at the Premier League. He was left out of many of his teams squad lists and is in danger of being totally axed from the team. The arrival of

Gareth Bale

has further complicated things for him.

Alli tried to leave Tottenham at the 2021 winter transfer window, but eventually had to stay at the club. He gradually found his way back to the team's squad and even managed to score an amazing bicycle kick goal against 

Wolfsberg.

Dele Alli's current market value is at €38.00m. He is under contract with Tottenham until the end of June 2024. In total, Alli has scored 89 goals and has provided 75 assists in 329 games throughout his professional club career.

With England youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Dele Alli was first called up to England U16 side in August 2012. He played 9 games without scoring any goals for the team before being called up to the U18 team the following year. Dele Alli played 6 games for England U19 and U21 teams before being called up to England senior side in October 2015.

Dele Alli made his

England

debut in a game against Lithuania at the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.  He scored his first goal in a 2-0 friendly against France.

Dele Alli represented his country in the 2018 World Cup, where he played in almost every England game and scored in the quarter-finals against Sweden. As of March 2021, Dele Alli has played 37 games for England and has scored 3 goals.

Style of Play

Dele Alli

is known the most for his ball control, technique and passing abilities. Alli has described his own playing style as a combination of Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure. He has talked about his own playing style many times in his interviews, some of his comments are as below:

"Aggression is something that is a part of me, and I'm never going to take that out of my game. My personality is that I like to express myself, and that is not something I will look to change."

"Goals are a big part of my game. Maybe in my first few games at Tottenham, I didn't show that - I wasn't getting forward enough."

"When you are playing with a few players in the pocket, it doesn't leave me isolated. I have a bit more space to work and be higher up the pitch."

Reception

Dele Alli is considered as one of the best midfielders of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his amazing creativity and ball control, as well as his technique and goal scoring instinct. Alli received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in the first two years of his career spell at

Tottenham

.

Below are some of the best quotes on Dele Alli:

"In the box, he looks like a striker, and outside the box, he plays like a midfielder." (Mauricio Pochettino)

"Dele Alli's ability to get into the box without being marked is exceptional" (Frank Lampard)

Even the best football players of history have had their share of criticism from the fans and media. In the case of Dele Alli, he has been criticized the most for his inability to control his temper in crucial moments of the matches, an issue Alli addressed in one of his interviews:

"I have made a few mistakes with my temper, I know. But I have learned from that."

Goal Celebration

Dele Alli does have a unique and famous celebration which is known as the Dele Alli's Eyehole celebration. His creative celebration, in which he creates an eye hole with his thumb and forefinger went viral instantly since the first time he did it and no one seemed to be able to replicate it.

Alli himself proceeded to challenge his teammates to do the celebration on Instagram and created a viral sensation, known as the known as the Dele Alli Challenge.

Dele Alli outside football

Dele Alli has many hobbies in his life outside of the football pitch. He is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is

@Dele

. He has around 7.1 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is also @Dele.

Alli is also a fan of tattoo culture and he has a tattoo of 'Loser vs Winner" and a big wing on his right arm.

Gaming is another one of his hobbies and he is especially is crazy about Frontier, a game which inspired Dele for his famous Celebration which went viral in social media.

He has also tried his luck at show business. In 2016, Dele Alli made his first TV show appearance on the sports talk show, Final Score. He has also been a fan of Rap Music since his childhood. He once appeared in a music video for Meridian Dan song ‘Hot for me now' alongside a few Spurs fans and teammates like Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, and Erik lamella.

Dele Alli Personal Life

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

Dele Alli biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Dele Alli 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

Dele Alli's father, Kehinde Kenny Alli has royal African roots and is the son of a king in

Nigeria

. His mother, Denise is of British origins.

Dele Alli had a dark childhood as His parents broke up their marriage soon after Dele was born. His father moved away and Dele stayed with his mom, who was struggling with Alcoholism and Drug addictions.

When Alli was 5 he moved to Nigeria with his father but moved back to England within 6 months to live with his mom. Things got worse gradually and His mother put Dele up for adoption when he was just 13.

Years later, in an interview with The Sun, she revealed her intentions for leaving Dele was for the sake of his son's future.

"It was my decision to let Dele live with another family. I knew that was the only way he could fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer."

“When he scored the goal against France I leapt out of my seat — I was so happy. My son has made it by himself. I am so pleased for him and super-proud of everything he has achieved.”

Dele Alli has one brother, Harry and two sisters, Molly Hickford, Barbara Johnson from his life with his foster parents.

Romantically, Dele Alli has been in a relationship with Ruby Mae, an English super model since 2016 till 2019. Ruby's relationship with Dele had a great influence on her career as her stock rose dramatically after bursting into public life thanks to her relationship with Alli.

The couple reportedly broke up in 2019 before getting back together a few months later. Alli was rumored to have dated Love Island actor, Megan Barton Hanson.

Any new information about Dele Alli love life and family will be published here at SportMob. You can also check out our article on

top facts about Ruby Mae

if you want to know more about Dele Alli's girlfriend.

Philanthropy

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

Dele Alli religion

is Christianity.

Whatever is his religion, there are no information on Dele Alli's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites.

Legal Issues

Dele Alli has been involved in two different legal disputes throughout his life.

In 2020, Alli and his girlfriend were the victim of a horrifying robbery as two men, armed with knives forced their way into Alli's house and stole some of his belongings. Dele had a minor injury while trying to stop the burglars. Ruby later said that the incident was very horrifying for them.

Alli is notoriously famous for his occasional outburst on the football pitch and has been fined many times. In the 2015–2016 season, Alli was banned for 3 matches for punching ‘West Bromwich Albion’ midfielder

Claudio Yacob

in the stomach. He later apologized for the incident.

Dele Alli Career Statistics

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

Club

Overall, Dele Alli has played 329 games for two clubs (Milton Keynes Dons and Tottenham) during his career. He has registered 89 goals and 74 assists to his name.

Dele Alli registered 24 goals and 15 assist in 88 games for Milton Keynes, followed by 65 goals and 59 assists in 241 games for Tottenham.

International

On the international, Dele Alli career stats shows that he has scored 3 goals in 37 games for England National team. He was also a member of England U17, U18, U19 and

U21

teams and played 17 games without scoring any goals.

Dele Alli Honors

We rap up our article on

Dele Alli biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

During his career, Dele Alli has won many collective and individual awards with his two clubs and the England national team. Below is a complete list of Dele Alli's honors:

With Milton Keynes Dons:

Football League One runner-up (2014–15), Milton Keynes Dons Young Player of the Year in 2013–14, Football League Young Player of the Month in August 2014, Football League One Player of the Month in January 2015, Football League Young Player of the Year (2014–15), Milton Keynes Dons Player's Player of the Year (2014–15),

With Tottenham Hotspur:

UEFA Champions League runner-up (2018–19), BBC Goal of the Season in 2015–16, PFA Young Player of the Year in 2015–16 and 2016–17, Premier League Player of the Month in January 2017, PFA Team of the Year: three times (2014–15 in League One), (2015–16 Premier League) and 2016–17 Premier League.

With England National team:

UEFA Nations League third place (2018–19)

2018 World Cup fourth place

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