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Top facts about Dwight Yorke, the Smiling Assassin

Mon 17 May 2021 | 12:00

Welcome to top facts about Dwight Yorke, the smiling assassin, in which we will look at the life of a former athlete who spent his entire career slaughtering champions and scoring numerous goals.

A former footballer from Trinidad and Tobago, Dwight Yorke is known as the "Smiling Assassin." He played forward mostly for

Aston Villa

and then for Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC, and Sunderland between 1988 and 2009.

In addition to his job as a brilliant football pundit, Dwight has done his best in the past to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. The Dwight Yorke Foundation was formed with the goal of improving and enhancing the lives of those on the sister aisle who are less fortunate, with a focus on youth holistic development.

Apart from addressing basic needs such as food, clothing, accommodation, and education, it also looks for young sporting talent and provides financial support, guidance, and mentorship to help them excel.

We have already prepared a full and complete article of

Dwight Yorke biography

, in which we have analyzed his career as well as the factors which helped him reach the peak of his potential. But now it is time for top facts about Dwight Yorke.

A comprehensive article of top facts about Dwight Yorke, the Smiling Assassin.

Nobody ever said that this will be a short journey, no, in fact there is much to be said about this athlete that we are tried our best to make it as brief as possible so that you would not get tired reading this talented forward’s facts. Now get ready to start this amazing article.

Dwight Yorke information

Let's go over the specifics of this legendary player's knowledge just to give you a heads up on all that's coming up in the next parts of top facts about Dwight Yorke.

Personal information

  • Full name

    : Dwight Eversley Yorke

  • Current profession

    : Retired

  • Date of birth

    : 3 November 1971

  • Age

    : 49

  • Star Sign

    : Scorpio

  • Star sign features

    : Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn

  • Nationality

    : Trinidad and Tobago

  • Place of birth

    : Canaan, Tobago, Trinidad, and Tobago

  • Marital status

    : Single

Football information

  • Position

    : Forward, midfielder

  • Total appearances

    : 553 caps

  • Club appearances

    : 481 caps

  • National appearances

    : 72 caps

  • Total goals

    : 167

  • Foot

    : Ambidextrous

Physical stats and appearance

  • Height

    : 1.75 m

  • Weight

    : 75 kg

  • Hair color

    : black

  • Hairstyle

    : Short

  • Skin color

    : black

  • Facial hair

    : Clean

With all of the background details in hand, we'll look at Dwight Yorke transfermarket information as well as his salary and net worth in the next segment of interesting and

top facts about Dwight Yorke

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Dwight Yorke transfermarket

All of the information provided in this part has been gathered from transfermarkt.com website and is the truest information you can find across the internet.

Dwight Yorke played as Center-forward, but he occasionally altered his position to a defensive midfielder or right-winger. Based on the fact that Dwight Yorke was ambidextrous, which means he could use both of his feet skillfully, he was a very versatile player and the manager could use him where this key piece was needed the most.

Unlike any other football player whose market value grows as the player rises through the ranks, Dwight Yorke’s market value dropped drastically from 2004 to 2005, starting with 4 million euros and dropping to 2.7 million euros by early 2005.

His market value information is the saddest part of the top facts about Dwight Yorke, which continued to decrease to the point that this player was worth 500 thousand euros late 2009, which was the end of his football career.

His transfer details are the perfect example of his descending market value as he left Aston Villa on July 1st, 1998, and joined Manchester United with a fee of 19,25 million euros and then he left Manchester 4 years later and joined

Blackburn

with a fee of 3.5 million euros. This was not the end of the story as clubs were paying less and less for this amazing player.

Ultimately he joined Sunderland for a fee of 300 thousand euros.

Yorke didn’t rely on his physical strength to get the ball, this explains why he only has 35 yellow cards and 2 red cards in total. However, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that he mostly played in the opponent’s half of the field, thus he was the one who caused opponents defenders to get yellow cards.

Dwight Yorke net worth and salary

In August 1998, Manchester United paid £20.8 million to Aston Villa for Dwight. One of the interesting parts of the top facts about Dwight Yorke is that he was getting paid £12.8 million a year. In 1991, Yorke captained the

Trinidad and Tobago

team that qualified for the first-ever Youth World Cup in Portugal.

Since joining Manchester United for £12.6 million from Aston Villa in August 1998, Dwight has scored 65 goals in just 150 appearances. In his first season at the club, he scored 29 goals and was voted 'Carling Player of the Year' as United won the treble.

Another one of interesting top facts about Dwight Yorke is that he announced his retirement from international football. Then, on February 2, 2005, he came out of retirement. Dwight Yorke became the most well-known player in Australia to sign a full-time deal with an AFL club (Sydney FC).

Despite being in the twilight of his career, Dwight signed with

Sunderland

in August 2006 for a £200,000 transfer fee and a weekly wage of £30,000. Yorke left T&T on March 7, 2007, to concentrate on his club career.

His net worth is estimated to be around 18 million pounds, which is quite the amount for such a player. If you have ever watched one of his games, you would quickly notice that he deserved much more than that since his playstyle was out of the charts and exceptional for that era.

Now let us finish his football-related facts with a quick summary of his career and then we will move on to his personal life and the things that he has done throughout these years.

Dwight Yorke career

It Is quite odd to bring career into top facts about Dwight Yorke but as you can see football is an inseparable part of his life.

Yorke was an important member of Villa's League Cup-winning team in 1996.  Yorke demonstrated great character by leading his team to a heroic rally in the second half, scoring two more goals to complete his hat-trick, but it was in vain as Aston Villa lost the game. His departure from Aston Villa was met with controversy.

Dwight Yorke was sold to Manchester United on August 20, 1998, for £12.6 million. Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer with 18 goals, and he also contributed goals in the Champions League against

Bayern Munich

, Barcelona, Internazionale, and Juventus, as well as winning the Premier League.

Yorke was instrumental in leading his club to a rare treble of Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League titles, as well as establishing a legendary partnership with Andy Cole.

Yorke joined Blackburn Rovers in July 2002 for a fee of £2 million, with the option of increasing to £2.6 million; United had asked for a fee of £6 million. 2 years later another contract was offered to him, and instead of a loan to

Celtic

, he preferred to join Birmingham for a "substantial yet unspecified fee." The amount was later confirmed to be £250,000.

Later Yorke agreed to a one-year contract with Sydney FC worth $1 million. Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski moved Yorke to midfield and also offered him the captaincy. Dwight Yorke’s last club was Sunderland.

Dwight Yorke's nationality is Trinidad and Tobago, and he has been capped 72 times for the national team, scoring 19 goals, but he has also played in over 100 non-international friendlies for T&T.

Dwight Yorke personal life and relationships

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Dwight, a former Manchester United footballer, is Katie's eldest son Harvey's father, but his relationship with the teen is said to be non-existent.

Katie, 41, dated Dwight, 47, briefly in the early 2000s and quickly became pregnant with Harvey, whom they welcomed in May 2002. Their brief relationship was fraught from the start, with the reality star allegedly being presented with evidence that Dwight had cheated on her while she was on a women's clothing photo session – and secretively 14 weeks pregnant.

Dwight initially denied being Harvey's father and requested a paternity test, which later confirmed he was the child's father. However, this did not strengthen Dwight's bond with Harvey, and he saw his son less and less as the years passed.

Dwight, according to Katie, struggled to accept Harvey's disabilities and health issues. When he was born, the teen was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, and he also has other health complications, such as being blind due to Septo-optic dysplasia.

Harvey is also autistic, has an underactive thyroid, diabetes, and Prader-Willi Syndrome, which means he has a constant desire to eat and is prone to gaining weight. Katie wrote in her autobiography Reborn, "I'd explained Harvey's condition to Dwight many times, but he refused to understand it and kept going on about him being a father."

Dwight famously opened up about his strained relationship with Harvey in a candid sit-down interview with Sky News' Kay Burley.

Dwight explained his lack of contact with Harvey in a 2009 interview, saying, ‘It is a combination of different things, one my time schedule and being based up in Manchester and a footballer on an everyday basis.' I'm not saying I'm a perfect father; I've made mistakes along the way and would like to turn the clock back.

Dwight Yorke in other fields

Dwight Yorke is an intriguing football speaker who has a high-profile public persona and has played for some of the world's most prestigious teams. Dwight is a well-known sports speaker who appears as a guest or after-dinner speaker at a variety of events.

Yorke's name was given to the Dwight Yorke Stadium, which was built for the 2001 U-17 World Cup in Bacolet, Tobago.

Yorke enjoys playing cricket. Yorke's best friend is Brian Lara. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Yorke made frequent appearances, serving drinks to the West Indies cricket team. Yorke was featured prominently in an episode of Australia's The Biggest Loser on February 28, 2006.

Yorke coached the "red team" of contestants as they competed in a football game against the "blue team" in this episode. Yorke's Sydney FC teammate Mark Rudan was in charge of the "blue squad."

Yorke was named a Trinidad and Tobago Sports Ambassador for his contributions to the national team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Born to Score, Yorke's autobiography was released in 2009.

One of the most amazing facts of Dwight York can be the fact that Yorke avoided bankruptcy in December 2018 by repaying HM Revenue and Customs a £1.5 million loan.

Dwight Yorke social media

Let us take a look at the accounts of this player and see what kind of content he shares on these platforms and how many followers he has on the two of the most popular social media, Instagram and Twitter.

Dwight Yorke Instagram

Dwight Yorke is active on Instagram by the name of officialdwightyorke19 with a blue mark by his ID. He currently has over 80 k followers and he is following over 100 accounts most of which are football legends like himself.

He mostly posts pictures of his matches before getting retired and some pictures and videos of his vacations in various places like Dubai. He currently seems super happy about his condition and lifestyle. He also sent his condolences to the family of one of the greatest footballers of the world,

Diego Maradona

.

Dwight Yorke Twitter

Dwight Yorke does not have an official account on Twitter, but the closest thing that you would get is this account by the name of BlackandDwight and has 3k followers on the mentioned platform. Then again, we are not sure that this is his real account or not.

Dwight Yorke memorable quotes

For the last part of the top facts about Dwight Yorke, we have prepared 3 of his most memorable quotes which were the wisest ones amongst the many of his intelligent words that he has spoken to this day.

” Look to the Premier League. Are there any black managers? Look at the Italian league? Are there any black managers? The list goes on.” Back in the early 2000s racism was a major issue among many societies and black people didn’t have the same opportunities as white people did. This quote of the legend really illustrates how unfair the conditions were back in the day.

“People like myself, who have good credibility in the game and played at the very top level, you'd think would get a job or at least be given an interview, but you're not even getting an interview.” Like said before, Dwight Yorke was an underrated superstar.

He wasn’t given enough chances to prove himself and most of the interviewers didn’t even pay attention to this talent, thus he was frustrated with how much he is putting in and how little he is getting out of it.

“To be a part of the history with the Manchester United club is a huge moment.” Despite all the ups and downs that he had throughout his career, Dwight Yorke is a proud man especially when it comes to his career history.

As you can see, Dwight is proud that his name will be shining in the history of football and of course Manchester United. He had some of his best moments in the club mentioned and he was loved by the fans.

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