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Aiden McGeady is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for League One club Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national team. Read on to find out more about the most important facts about the Irish star.

Aiden John McGeady, born 4 April 1986, is an Irish competitive athlete who currently plays as a forward for Sunderland in League One and for the Republic of Ireland national team.

Aiden McGeady age

is 35.

McGeady was born and raised in Scotland, but he decided to represent Ireland because of his Irish ancestors. At UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016, he was a member of the Irish teams.

In 2001, Aiden McGeady moved to

Celtic club

, where he played for the youth team. In 2010, Birmingham City announced their interest in recruiting. The club agreed to pay £14,000,000 for the midfielder. Later,

Moscow Spartak

offered 8 million euros. The club agreed and McGeady made his debut for Spartak and made an assist in his first match.

Aiden McGeady signed a contract with Everton in January 2014, and was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End before signing Sunderland in the summertime of 2017.

Top facts about Aiden McGeady:

The first

fact about Aiden McGeady

is that he began his journey at Celtic of the Scottish Premier League, where he earned 4 division championships, two Scottish Cups, and one Scottish League Cup, before joining Spartak Moscow of the Russian Premier League in 2010. McGeady came in second place in the Russian Premier League.

Aiden McGeady early life


Aiden McGeady childhood

, it should be mentioned that he was raised in the Scottish town of Rutherglen. He briefly attended Trinity High School in Rutherglen before transferring to St Ninian's High School in Giffnock. About

Aiden McGeady parents

, it is worth mentioning that his dad, played professional soccer for Sheffield United.

McGeady started his professional career at Queen's Park, after playing for a local junior club, Busby Boys Club, as a youngster. He joined Celtic when still in his early teens after numerous tryouts with English teams, including several trips to Arsenal.

Aiden McGeady personal life

A notable fact about Aiden McGeady is that he was married to Claire Healy in Glasgow. He was ecstatic to become a father when his wife gave birth in Moscow. Claire Healey has given birth to a newborn daughter at an elite maternity facility in the Russian capital. He has said that the delivery day was the most important event of his life.

The happy couple' choice to give birth in Moscow had sparked outrage among patriotic Russians. “Many foreigners in Moscow prefer to go home to give birth — and wealthy Russians often pick British hospitals,” a source added. “By having their kid in Russia, McGeady and his partner will have pleased regular Russians.” McGeady shares a Lanarkshire house with pharmacist Claire.

Aiden Mcgeady professional career

Aiden McGeady, who started his professional club football career at Celtic, played with Doughty at Charlton Athletic last season.

McGeady won four league titles, two Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup – before moving to Russian club Spartak Moscow in 2010.

He made his full debut for the Republic of Ireland in July 2004 against Jamaica.

Aiden Mcgeady club career

After joining Celtic, he grew up with Charlie Mulgrew at the academy, playing for the junior and reserve sides, and winning the Scottish Youth Cup in 2003.


After scoring a goal after 17 minutes in the match, he went on to make four competitive games as Celtic clinched the championship.

The next year, he earned his UEFA Champions League debut in a match versus

AC Milan

, and he broke into the first squad the same fall, making 27 league games as Celtic finished second in Martin O'Neill's last tournament with the side. He also came in as a late replacement in Celtic's 1–0 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Cup Final earlier this season.

An important

fact about Aiden McGeady

is that his 2005–06 season was plagued by a chronic knee injury, and he battled to earn a starting spot ahead of Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura, but he still managed to play 19 times as Celtic claimed the league championship. Maloney left Celtic for

Aston Villa

in January 2007, allowing McGeady a chance to establish himself as a consistent starter for the 2006–07 campaign.

From that moment on, he was a regular member of the Celtic squad that managed to win the SPL title again and credentialed for the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in team history having defeated

Manchester United

, Benfica, and Copenhagen in the group stage before losing 1–0 in extra time to eventual champions AC Milan. McGeady also played in Dunfermline Athletic's 2007 Scottish Cup Final win.

McGeady's annus mirabilis campaign in 2007–08 earned him acclaim from the media, fans, and teammates. He netted a goal and set up three more versus Aberdeen, besides a second goal for attacker Scott McDonald with a 360-degree spin and cross.

 He proceeded to score goals for his side, most notably McDonald's equalizing goal versus Rangers, which Celtic went on to win 3–2, and which proved vital in Celtic's flawless championship defense.

He netted 8 strikes and added 24 assists during the campaign, earning him the SPFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year honors on April 20, 2008, making him just the second player in history to win both accolades in the same season (the first being Shaun Maloney in 2006).

For the second year in a row, the team reached the knockout rounds of the Champions League and won the league championship for the third year in a row, overtaking Rangers with one week remaining and winning against

Dundee United

on the last day of the season to secure the trophy.

A notable fact about Aiden McGeady is that he was Celtic's top player in 2008–09, but his abilities dipped as the team struggled in the second part of the season.

McGeady was fined two weeks' pay and banned for 2 games on December 16, 2008, after a highly publicized dressing room spat with boss Gordon Strachan, but Strachan subsequently disputed any fall-out with McGeady.  Despite winning the Scottish League Cup Last in 2009, with McGeady among the scorers, Celtic finished second behind Rangers on the final day of the season, and Strachan left shortly after.

McGeady got off to a good start in 2009–10, scoring 2 strikes versus Aberdeen on the season's first day. The team's performance was dismal for most of the season under new coach Tony Mowbray, who was fired in March. McGeady's play enhanced as he avoided injury and contributed seven goals and 16 assists in 35 league games. Following Mowbray's resignation, former teammate Neil Lennon was named temporary coach.

Celtic were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Ross County, and the club completed the campaign without a trophy for the first time since 2003, finishing second in the SPL.

Spartak Moscow

McGeady signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Russian club Spartak Moscow in August 2010. McGeady is the most valuable Scottish football export, with a price of £9.5 million. In September, he earned his league start winning 2–1 over Saturn.

An important fact about Aiden McGeady is that later that month, he netted his first strike for Spartak in a 2–2 tie at home against Amkar. McGeady was sent off in the last match of the year for a late tackle on Marcin Kowalczyk in a duel versus Dynamo Moscow. McGeady was ranked second best right winger on the Russian Football Union's list of 33 top players, which was released in December 2010.

The 2011–12 season began with McGeady hitting a late goal versus

FC Basel

to advance Spartak to the UEFA Europa League last 16. He made 31 appearances in his first full season, netting 3 goals but indicated a wish to quit the team when his contract expired.

McGeady got his first red card of the 2012–13 campaign being sent off in a 5–0 loss to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on August 11, 2012, after scoring in a 2–1 victory against Volga. Celtic, McGeady's previous team, knocked Spartak out of the UEFA Champions League.

McGeady was sent off for the second time this season in May 2013, after striking an opponent and then making an aggressive gesture as he exited the field. He was suspected of vandalizing a dressing room door at Saransk Stadium and was told that he might face criminal charges. The Russia Soccer Union reduced his ban from six to two matches after an appeal.

He returned in the last game of the season, providing an assist in a 2–0 victory over Alania Vladikavkaz, after serving the two-match suspension. McGeady made 23 appearances and scored five goals at the conclusion of the season.

Spartak defeated Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 2–0, with McGeady scoring his first goal of the season and adding an assist. In a 3–2 victory against Krasnodar in September, he had a hat-trick of assists, but he was punished, assigned to practice with the club's junior squad, and subsequently put on the transfer list after disobeying team instructions. Despite his discipline, McGeady's manager Valeri Karpin believes he can return to the first team.


A notable fact about Aiden McGeady is that he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League team Everton in January 2014 for an unknown price. In a 1–1 tie away to

West Bromwich Albion

, he earned his start as a replacement. McGeady was mostly used as a replacement in his debut year with just three starts, although he helped Everton reach fifth with their highest ever Premier League points total of 72.

On the initial week of the 2014–15 Premier League campaign McGeady netted his first score for


, looping the ball in off the crossbar in a 2–2 tie with Leicester City. The shot was shortlisted for Goal of the Month on Match of the Day. McGeady's position in the squad was taken by Aaron Lennon, who had joined for Everton during the transfer window the same month, due to a foot issue in January 2015. For the remainder of, the year McGeady only appeared twice for Everton, both as a late second-half replacement in May 2015.

McGeady was entirely shut out of Everton's first team at the start of the next season. He has only earned one start by November 2015, in a League Cup game versus Barnsley on August 26th, and he was pulled out at half-time. For the 2016–17 season, McGeady was not given a squad number.

Sheffield Wednesday

An important fact about Aiden McGeady is that he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 campaign on 1 February 2016, with coach Carlos Carvalhal claiming that he tried to recruit McGeady when at Sporting Lisbon.

McGeady made his Sheffield Wednesday debut in a 3–0 victory against Nottingham Forest on March 12, 2016. After a string of disappointing performances, McGeady was left out of Carvalhal's teams for both legs of the knockout semi-final versus


and the playoff final versus Hull.

Preston North End

McGeady joined Preston North End on a transfer window loan on August 31, 2016. McGeady was named the Premiership Player of the Month for February after hitting three goals and contributing four assists while playing frequently. Sebastien Pocognoli earned the Championship Goal of the Month award for April, despite his 25-yard goal versus Huddersfield Town.

He was awarded Preston's player of the year after scoring eight goals in 35 games during his time at Deepdale.


McGeady re-united with former Preston boss Simon Grayson when he inked a three-year deal with Sunderland on July 13, 2017. On August 4, 2017, he earned his start in a 1–1 tie with Derby County. McGeady netted his first strike for Sunderland in a 3–1 win against

Norwich City

the next weekend, with a "superb effort" from 20 yards, and then set up Lewis Grabban for his second score and Sunderland's third with a cross.

A notable

fact about Aiden McGeady

is that in 2018–19, he was shortlisted twice for League One Player of the Month, winning the accolade in February. His efforts were acknowledged by his colleagues, as he was named to the League One Squad of the Year and was nominated for Player of the Year. James Collins of Luton Town won the individual award. McGeady, on the other hand, was named Supporters Player of the Year.

He earned a one-year deal renewal with the team in July 2019. Coach Phil Parkinson stated on 12 December 2019 that he has informed McGeady that he has no place at the side due to off-field issues.

McGeady signed Charlton Athletic on loan for the remainder of the 2019–20 season on 31 January 2020, after this statement. Due to the prolongation of the Championship season, this was extended again on June 20, 2020. Under new manager Lee Johnson, McGeady earned his first Sunderland appearance in almost a year, playing 77 minutes in a 1–0 home loss to Wigan Athletic on December 6, 2020.

McGeady was part of a


side that triumphed 4–1 over promotional rival Doncaster Rovers on February 13, 2021, with him giving all four assists for Sunderland's goals, which were all scored by teammate Charlie Wyke. McGeady has eight assists in his first 12 appearances since his comeback at the conclusion of the Rovers game. He and Wyke were both nominated for the league's Player of the Month award for February.

Now in 2021 summer transfer window, Aiden McGeady has signed a new one-year contract with Sunderland, praising the team's 'aspirations' for the next season.

“I'm delighted to have signed a new deal with the club and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season,” he said on the club's website. “I'm pleased at Sunderland, and I believe my performances have reflected that since my comeback to the club under Lee Johnson.”

"We all know what the goal is for next season, and I've made no secret of my desire to be a part of the squad that returns to the top flight. My main goal is to continue playing and performing for Sunderland for as long as possible.”

McGeady joined Wearside in 2017 and has since appeared in over 130 games for the club, scoring 33 goals in the process. “We are pleased to welcome Aiden back to the club,” Johnson said.

“On a football level, I have a good connection with him, and I believe he has produced since we arrived. A player his age must produce, and that is why he is here - to help other players improve. I've been pleased not just by his assist totals, but also by his commitment to the club's concept and identity.”

Aiden McGeady international career

While at Queen's Park, McGeady was a member of the Scotland Colleges team. In Paris, he competed in an under-13 World Cup competition. Following Queen's Park, he signed Celtic, who had a rule of not allowing its youngsters to participate for their school teams due to kick-off times that clashed.

A regulation in Scotland prohibited a player who did not play for his or her school team from being considered for a call-up to the Scotland Schools' selection.

The Republic of Ireland had no such restriction prohibiting a youngster from being chosen, and McGeady was invited to play for the Republic of Ireland Under-15 Schoolboys squad by Packie Bonner, a Donegal-born former Celtic player who was aware of McGeady's Irish ancestry.

McGeady is eligible for Ireland since his paternal grandparents are from Gweedore, County Donegal, which is a Gaeltacht region. McGeady accepted the invitation and became a member of Ireland's young team. McGeady was subsequently selected in a Scotland under-16 team, but he rejected the offer, citing his experience in the Irish system, despite Scotland head coach Berti Vogts' efforts to convince him to do so.

An important fact about Aiden McGeady is that he earned his full international debut for Ireland versus Jamaica in July 2004. He has made almost 90 appearances for Ireland, and he has been a regular in each of Giovanni Trapattoni's teams. During the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, however, he was demoted from the starting lineup.

McGeady netted his debut strike for Ireland versus Macedonia in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2011, with Ireland prevailing 2–1. McGeady netted his second international goal versus Andorra on October 7, 2011, after a ricochet off an Andorra defender made the game 2–0. McGeady assisted on the opening goal in the first leg of the UEFA Euro 2012 play-off versus Estonia, when his cross reached Keith Andrews' head, who converted. The final score was 4–0 in favor of Ireland.

McGeady was selected to Trapattoni's 23-man European Championships team for Poland and Ukraine in 2012. In Ireland's 3–1 loss to Croatia, McGeady set up Ireland's first and only score of the competition a free-kick scored by Leicester City's Sean St Ledger.

Martin O'Neill netted his first international goal in over two years in Ireland's 3–0 victory against Latvia in his first game as coach. McGeady netted both of Ireland's strikes versus


in a 2–1 away win in the Euro 2016 qualifiers opener in September 2014.

A notable fact about Aiden McGeady is that despite only making 13 appearances for his club in the previous season, he was called up to Ireland's finals team and played as a replacement in each of the 3 group matches (a draw with Sweden, a defeat to Belgium and a win over Italy). McGeady was a finalist for the FAI Senior International Player of the Year award in 2014, but John O'Shea won it.

Aiden McGeady style of play

McGeady, a two-footed performer, is renowned for his dribbling capacity precision, close control, ball-playing prowess, and use of deflections and deception in control, as well as his handling abilities, technical skill, close control, ball-playing ability, and use of feints and deception in possession.

When facing one-on-one defenders, he is renowned for using a version of the marseille turn (popularized by

Zinedine Zidane

), in which he drags the ball behind his standing foot – rather than to the side – during the initial stage of the play, in a similar way to the Cruyff Turn.

In the third phase, he also moves the ball in with the outside of his left boot rather than the sole. In his honor, this signature maneuver has been dubbed the McGeady Spin and is included in EA Sports' FIFA video game series.

Lionel Messi once said about him: “McGeady's football style is one of my favorites. He has a natural knack for writing great plays in the blink of an eye."

This came after the Catalan sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo published a glowing tribute to the Republic of Ireland international, describing him as "a blond version of Messi and Diego Maradona," and claiming that his only obstacle to attaining the same fame and acclaimed as Messi and his Argentinian counterpart is an absence of media publicity.

Aiden McGeady was a freakishly gifted young man. He was able to fool the opposing defense numerous times with twists and maneuvers we hadn't seen since Lubo.

It was fantastic, and being a product of Celtic's youth system, it was inspiring to watch a fan do so well at the club. He turned enough opposing players inside out that they couldn't help but grin at the amazing style of it all.

That demonstrates a player of high caliber and skill. He might have been a much better player for Celtic with better leadership and better individuals, but when his teammates are bad (e.g. Samaras), it's difficult not to be downhearted and let the head go down.

In fact, with the increased focus on European competition, success in the SPL alone is not necessarily the greatest of standards, and even his most ardent fan must acknowledge that the numbers were a fraction of what his skill might have accomplished.

Another unfortunate sticking point for McGeady was that, despite his 92 caps for Ireland and 5 goals, several pundits said that few other players had accumulated as many caps for Ireland (or elsewhere) with so little acclaim.

Despite the fact that he was so close to 100 caps, he received little attention. He wasn't performing poorly, but he wasn't demonstrating his high worth in comparison to the talent that everyone knew he had.

He had the potential to be a fantastic player for Celtic and accomplish great things. He had numerous fantastic moments that made the crowd scream with pleasure, and he turned many a defense inside out, but he hadn't done enough to be considered among the greats.

Aiden McGeady social media


Aiden McGeady social media

, it should be mentioned that he does not have an Instagram or Twitter page because he does not like sharing his personal and family life with other people and tries to keep his personal life away from the spotlight.

Aiden McGeady body measurements

Speaking about

Aiden McGeady body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the Irish star is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) and weighs 160 lbs (73 kg).

Aiden McGeady net worth and salary

Aiden McGeady's net worth

is believed to be in the range of 12 million dollars. From his main profession as a soccer player, he has amassed a substantial fortune. Aiden McGeady had sold his home for more than £1 million.

The footballer sold the house because he was having a new, larger home constructed nearby. In 2017, he placed his five-bedroom, three-story house on the outskirts of Glasgow on the market. It was purchased for £1,025,000 that year, according to property records. A games room with bar, a movie room, a balcony, an office, and a double garage were all included in the property.

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