Jamie Vardy is known as one of the best attackers in England. He is fast, dynamic, and has excellent scoring abilities. Vardy is also known as a player who has never been tired of running and has a high work ethic.
As cited by Sky Sport, the former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, gave a positive appraisal to Jamie Vardy,
“He is good at managing the tempo and is a good example for other players to work harder when playing football.”
Jamie Richard Vardy, born on January 11, 1987, in Sheffield, England. Vardy was born to a family with a moderate economy. Even so, his parents had no longer worked and relied only on savings as their living expenses. His mother was a former lawyer and his father was a former crane worker.
As a famous player, little Vardy is not a young talent born from a well-known academy. He started most of his career from lower clubs.
At that time, Vardy started his career as a footballer at the age of 16 years old. He joined Sheffield Wednesday. From that moment on, he dreamed of becoming a famous footballer.
However, Vardy’s dream completely vanished as Sheffield Wednesday decided not to use him anymore. Sheffield considered if Vardy did not have an ideal posture. He was considered small and too thin.
The painful rejection made Vardy was on despair. He was upset and often blamed himself. In those difficult times, Vardy lost his dream of becoming a well-known footballer and started to find another job to get money.
In his efforts to forget about football, Vardy went on to work as a factory worker.
He gave an explanation about his experience,
“I worked as a carbon fiber technician. My work included the workers who made supporting tools for people with fractures. We worked hard and continued to lift items hundreds of times a day. The job really damaged my back.“
While he was working on that job, many of his friends supported Vardy to return to the pitch. His friends wanted Vardy to continue his dream as a famous football player.
After thinking about it seriously, Vardy began to look for a club that would accept him. There, he met Stocksbridge Park Steels. At the club, Vardy received a fee of 30 pound for each match.
In order to get a lot of money and keep on living, Vardy continued his job as a factory worker.
“During the day I worked for hours then played football at night.”
Feeling the difficulties to divide his time on working and playing football, Vardy decided to focus on his football career. With strong intentions and determination, Vardy believed that he would be able to reach his dream.
After about three years being a Stocksbridge Park Steels player, Vardy moved to Halifax.
But since his appearance was not optimal due to his back pain he got for undergoing his previous job as a laborer, his contract was terminated and he had to live from hand to mouth.
Even so, Vardy should be grateful since there was a team that was willing to accommodate him called Fleetwood Town.
“My contract was terminated. Luckily, three days later I signed a contract with Fleetwood. “
Despite getting punished for being late at training, Vardy’s appearance with Fleetwood was very convincing. 31 goals were successfully created from 36 matches. Vardy’s great performance then made Leicester attracted. Finally, in 2012 Vardy was recruited by Leicester.
At that time, Leicester City had to spend 1 million pounds for Vardy.
And the Foxes’ decision to take Vardy was the right choice. Vardy successfully managed to win Championship Division in the 2013-14.
After officially getting promoted to the Premier League, his golden journey began.
He made this King Power Stadium-based team as a surprise team. Although he did not immediately perform nicely, at least Vardy and his friends managed to bring Leicester to stay in the top tier of English competition.
Until finally in the 2015/16 season, Vardy and his friends successfully created a miracle. He and Leicester City successfully won the English Premier League. There was no one who has actually thought that Leicester would come out as the champion.
A steep journey of Jamie Vardy successfully sent him to the Premier League.