Jamie Vardy Profile
|Born||Jan 11, 1987|
The maverick has established himself as one of the best strikers in Europe and in 2015, he guided 5000/1 underdogs Leicester City to Premier League glory.
Jamie Vardy is a striker who currently plays for Leicester City in the Premier League. He has been capped by England at senior level, making 26 appearances.
He was released by Sheffield Wednesday when he was 16 years old, and rebuilt his career in the English non-league. He was one of the most prolific forwards outside of the Football League, which led to his move to Leicester City in 2012. He is an out-and-out goalscorer known for his pace, strength and lethal finishing in front of goal.
Jamie Vardy and non-league
When he was let go by Sheffield Wednesday, he joined his local side Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2003. He moved into the first team in 2007 and in three years he had scored 66 times from 107 appearances.
Despite interest from League One and Two, he remained in non-league as he joined FC Halifax Town for £15,000 in July 2010. Vardy scored 25 goals in 37 appearances, as Halifax earned promotion to the Conference North in his debut season. He won the club's Player's Player of the Year award, before he joined Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town at the start of the 2011/12 season.
Vardy spearheaded Fleetwood's push for promotion that season, as the club attempted to move into the Football League for the first time in their history. Vardy was in brilliant scoring touch for the Cod Army, as he scored 34 times in 40 appearances for them in all competitions, which included an FA Cup run to the third round.
Vardy finished the season as the league's top scorer (31 goals) as Fleetwood won the Conference title to earn promotion into League Two. In May 2012, Vardy joined Leicester City, who were then in the Championship, for an initial fee of £1million, a non-league record.
Climbing the leagues and Premier League glory
Vardy's first season in the Football League did not go to plan as he struggled to find form. He scored just four times from 26 Championship outings, and Vardy even admitted that he nearly quit the game due to self-doubt.
Thankfully, after reassurances from Foxes' manager Nigel Pearson and his assistant, Craig Shakespeare, he decided to remain with Leicester. Vardy found his goalscoring touch in 2013/14, producing 16 goals and 10 assists in the league as Leicester won the Championship title. Vardy also won the Players' Player of the Year award.
Leicester City and Vardy struggled during his first season in the Premier League in 2014/15. The striker finished the campaign with just five goals as Leicester finished 14th, despite being anchored to the foot of the table between late November and mid-April.
However, under new manager Claudio Ranieri, Vardy's career hit new heights in 2015/16. Along with Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, Vardy spearheaded Leicester's unbelievable push for the Premier League title.
The Englishman scored 24 times and laid on eight assists as the Foxes shocked the world to win the Premier League title by ten points. His performances were recognised at the end-of-year awards season, as he was one of four Leicester players to be named in the PFA Team of the Year. Vardy also collected the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award and Premier League Player of the Season.
Vardy finished one goal behind Harry Kane who won the Golden Boot. Arsenal activated his release clause in the summer, but he opted to remain at Leicester, signing a new four-year deal.
Vardy continues to be among the leading forwards in the Premier League. In the four seasons since Leicester won the league, Vardy has scored at least 16 goals in all competitions each campaign. His 24-goal tally in 2015/16 is still his highest, but he also scored 23 in 2019/20 as Leicester finished fifth.
This saw him win the Premier League Golden Boot for the first time, and he was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second time. At the end of the 2019/20 campaign, he won two player awards at Leicester. He was named their Player of the Season for the first time and their Player's Player of the Season for a second time.
Playing for his country
Vardy's end-of-season form in 2014/15 led to his first England call-up in May 2015. He came off the bench to make his debut against the Republic of Ireland in June 2015 and became a regular member of the England squad.
His first international goal came in a 3-2 win against Germany in a friendly in March 2016. This sparked a good run of scoring for England, as he netted four goals in five international games, including goals against the Netherlands and Wales.
Vardy's effort against Wales came during a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign for England. The Leicester forward made two further appearances as England lost in the round of 16 against Iceland.
He continued to appear regularly for England, and he was named in Gareth Southgate's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He made four appearances as England reached the semi-final stage, but he did not score a goal.
In August 2018, Vardy decided to retire from international soccer to focus on his club game and prolong his career. He was capped 26 times for England between 2015 and 2018, scoring seven goals and claiming two assists.
While Vardy was playing in non-league, he also worked as a technician making medical splints. In 2007 he was convicted of assault and had to wear an electronic tag for six months.
Jamie has been married to Rebekah Nicholson since May 2016. He has four biological children, three with Rebekah and another from a previous relationship. Vardy is stepfather to his wife's two children from a former partner.
In 2015, he launched V9 Academy, a training camp aimed to give non-league players a chance at the big time. In 2016, after winning the Premier League title, he released his own autobiography titled 'Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story'.
Reported net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jamie Vardy's net worth as of 2020 is believed to be £10m. Vardy is represented by Wasserman sports agency. They work with a number of high-profile soccer players, including Houssem Aouar, Nathan Ake and Joe Gomez. Vardy currently earns around £120,000 a week with Leicester.