Aaron Ramsey Profile
|Born||Dec 26, 1990|
Aaron Ramsey has certainly made Wales proud. Here we chart his development from an emerging youngster at Cardiff through to his earning of legendary status at Arsenal and subsequent move to Juventus.
Aaron Ramsey is a Welsh midfielder who plays for Serie A side Juventus, as well as national side Wales.
The Cardiff schoolboy started close to his roots at Cardiff City before making a historic move to Arsenal where he would go onto win three FA Cups. After a impressive term in north London, in 2019 he moved to Italy to play for Juventus.
From the age of eight, Ramsey was a part of Cardiff's youth development programme, working his way all the way through to the first team.
The talented, home-grown midfielder made his professional debut for Cardiff in the final game of the 2006/07 Championship season. Appearing in a 1-0 defeat to Hull City aged 16 years and 124 days, he became the youngest player to play for Cardiff.
Ramsey would go onto make 21 appearances in the 2007/08 season, scoring twice, his first in an FA Cup third round win over Chasetown.
His efforts in the cup would earn Cardiff a place in the final, as well as earning Ramsey a start at Wembley. Despite losing to Portsmouth, the Welshman's second season as a professional caught the eye of many clubs, including those in the Premier League.
Arsenal had a £5million bid for the youngster accepted and in June 2008 Ramsey was announced as an Gunner.
Promising but devastating start at Arsenal
Ramsey began his career in north London during a Champions League qualifying match against FC Twente, marking his debut with an assist.
The Welshman scored his first goal for the Gunners on the biggest stage, the Champions League. A long-range effort against Fenerbahce made put him fifth on the list of youngest Champions League goalscorers.
Ramsey was awarded a long-term contract with the Gunners and scored his first Premier League goal in a 4-1 dismantling of Portsmouth in the second game of the 2009/10 season.
Ramsey continued his impressive form as the season progressed, scoring against Stoke and Portsmouth again, as well as playing five times in the Champions League.
However, his career ground to a shuddering halt in February 2010. Ramsey was on the receiving end of a horrific challenge from Stoke city's Ryan Shawcross which caused a double fracture to Ramsey's lower right leg, breaking both his tibia and fibula.
He didn't return to training until October 2010 before making his return to pitch in a reserve game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Return and glory in north London
Ramsey would enjoy two loan spells during 2010 and 2011 as he prepared to resume his Arsenal career.
From November 2010 to January 2011, Ramsey was loaned to Nottingham Forest. He returned to north London before making a second move, returning home to Cardiff.
Ramsey finished the 2010/11 season with seven appearances for the Gunners, which included a stunning strike against Manchester United.
He would continue to develop at Arsenal before elevating himself to legend status at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Ramsey end Arsenal's 10-year trophy drought to cap an amazing season on an individual level. Ramsey ended the season with 16 goals in 34 appearances, as well as racking up 10 assists and playing a major role in Arsenal's FA Cup success.
He missed four of the Gunners' FA Cup fixtures up to the semi-final. However, in the final against Hull City, Ramsey scored the winning goal in extra time after Arsenal had fought back from a 2-0 deficit. It secured the Gunners' 11th FA Cup and helped earn Ramsey Arsenal's Player of the Season award.
The win over Hull was the catalyst for a run of FA Cup successes. The following season Arsenal retained the trophy, beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final.
Despite a lacklustre 2015/16 season, Arsenal and Ramsey bounced back to secure a record-breaking 13th FA Cup in 2017. Ramsey again scored the winning goal as they defeated Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1.
Ramsey would go and have another two seasons in north London, being named Arsenal Player of the Year for a second time in 2017/18, before leaving the club for a new challenge in 2019.
A change of scenery
Ramsey joined Italian giants Juventus in July 2019. He opened his account for the Old Lady in style, scoring in 2-1 win over Verona on his Serie A debut.
In his first season at the club he would score four times, assisting his side to Serie A glory, winning the 2019/20 title.
In the following season, the Welshman won the Supercoppa Italiana as well as the Coppa Italia, Juve beating Atalanta 2-1 in the final.
Ramsey emerged as a part of Wales' new wave of talent. He earned his first Under-21 cap aged 16 in 2007, featuring in a 4-3 defeat of Sweden.
A year after his debut for the Under-21s, Ramsey earned himself a call-up to the senior squad. Still aged 17, he played in a 1-0 victory over Denmark.
The Welshman also became the youngest player to ever captain Wales, leading his side out aged 20 years 90 days in a friendly against England.
Ramsey was also a member of Great Britain's 2012 Olympic Squad. He featured in all three group games and the quarter-final which saw GB knocked out on penalties by South Korea.
Ramsey was a key part of a Wales side which shocked the world at Euro 2016, scoring once and assisting four times.
Ramsey is married to Colleen Rowlands, who he has known since his childhood, both growing up on the same street.
The couple have three children, with the second and third being twins.
Ramsey is also a supporter of the World Wildlife Fund. The athlete is also sponsored by Adidas.
Aaron Ramsey's net worth is believed to be around £26million.