Jack Peter Grealish is an English footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for the Premier League club Manchester City and the national team of England. Grealish joined Aston Villa at the age of six and made his debut in May 2014, following a loan spell at Notts County.
As a player eligible to represent England or the Republic of Ireland internationally, Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland up to the under-21 level before deciding to represent England in April 2016. The first time he played for the England under-21s was at the 2016 Toulon Tournament in May 2016. Grealish signed for Manchester City in a deal worth £100 million in 2021, making him the most expensive English player ever.
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Grealish was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and raised in Solihull, nearby. His primary school was Our Lady of Compassion Roman Catholic Primary School and his secondary school was St Peter’s Roman Catholic Secondary School in Solihull. His maternal grandfather was from County Dublin, his paternal grandfather was from Gort, County Galway, and his maternal grandmother came from Sneem, County Kerry.
Between the ages of 10 and 14, Grealish played Gaelic football for John Mitchel’s Hurling and Camogie Club of Warwickshire GAA. At Gaelic football, he competed against former Aston Villa and current Manchester United defender Aoife Mannion, a classmate.
Grealish scored a point for Warwickshire GAA against Dublin during half-time of the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final between Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park on 4 August 2009.
Greely’s younger brother, Keelan, died of sudden infant death syndrome at the age of nine months in April 2000. His great-great-grandfather, Billy Garraty, was also a footballer; he played for England once and won the 1905 FA Cup Final with Aston Villa.
In March 2020, Grealish was found to have violated COVID-19 regulations by staying at home, and Aston Villa fined him. Grealish was banned from driving in the UK for nine months and fined £82,499 after pleading guilty to two counts of careless driving in March and October 2020, including one in which he was filmed colliding with several parked cars during a turn in the road.
Jack Grealish Net Worth
The attacking midfielder signed a contract with Manchester City in August 2021 worth 12 Million Euros (10.8 Million Pounds) per year.[table id=2731 /]
Since 2012, the English midfielder has been part of the first team of Aston Villa after coming through the youth system at the club. Since he now plays at City, his net worth will skyrocket. His net worth is € 30 million, and his market value is around €100million (£87.5 million).
Grealish had drawn Nike’s attention even before making his mark in the Premier League. Before the start of the 2018/19 season, Nike signed up as the future star recognizing his immense potential. In doing so, the US sportswear giant made one of the smartest endorsement deals in football history.
However, Grealish’s Nike tenure will come to an end next season. The current Nike deal brings in around ￡400,000 annually, which is not much compared to his England colleagues Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling’s deals with Nike.
- Grealish, a lifelong Aston Villa fan, joined the club as a six-year-old after joining Highgate United Youth. On 31 March 2012, he was named as an unused substitute in a 4–2 loss to Chelsea at home in the Premier League.
- In September 2013, Grealish joined League One club Notts County on a youth loan until 13 January 2014. Among his teammates, that season was fellow loanee midfielder Callum McGregor, who would go on to represent Scotland.
- On the following day, he made his professional debut, replacing David Bell in the 59th minute as Milton Keynes Dons lost 3–1. He scored his first career goal on 7 December, beating three defenders to score the last goal in a 3–1 victory over Gillingham at Meadow Lane, and then a week later scored the opening goal in a 4–0 victory at Colchester United. Realish extended his loan with Notts County until the end of the season on 17 January 2014.
- Grealish made his Aston Villa debut on 7 May after returning from his loan spell with Notts County, replacing Ryan Bertrand in the 88th minute of an away defeat to Manchester City.
- He was offered a new four-year deal by the club in September 2014, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015. Grealish signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa on 14 October.
- It was his first start in an FA Cup third-round tie against Blackpool at Villa Park, which his team won 1–0. He played 75 minutes before being replaced by Andreas Weimann.
- He replaced Charles N’Zogbia after 74 minutes of a 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the sixth round and was sent off after a second booking for diving in added time.
- Grealish started his first Premier League match for Aston Villa on 7 April, in a 3–3 home draw with Queens Park Rangers in which his performance was highly praised. The English midfielder contributed to both of Villa’s goals in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, including assisting Fabian Delph’s winning goal as Villa came from behind to reach the final. Grealish played the entire 2015 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, where Villa lost 4–0 to Arsenal.
- Tim Sherwood warned Grealish after The Sun published images showing him allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide for recreational purposes in April 2015.
- On 13 September 2015, he scored his first goal for Villa, a 20-yard shot to open the scoring away to Leicester City; however, the team lost 3–2.
- After Villa’s 4–0 loss to Everton, he chose to stay in North West England and go clubbing. The new manager, Rémi Garde, punished him for this action by having Grealish train with the under-21 side, stating that “you must behave like a professional in these situations, which Jack failed to do here.”. Grealish returned to full training on 8 December.
- Leeds United head coach Steve Evans said on 7 January 2016 that Villa had rejected an inquiry to take Grealish on loan. Villa finished the season in last place, ending their tenure as Premier League ever-presents. Realish lost all 16 matches he played, breaking the previous record of Sunderland’s Sean Thornton, who lost all 11 games he played in 2002-03.
- After Grealish was reported to have been at a party at a Birmingham hotel that had to be shut down by police in the early hours of the morning, Villa launched an internal investigation. After accepting a charge of violent conduct following a stamp on Conor Coady during Villa’s 1–1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in October, he was suspended for three matches.
- Grealish was assaulted by a pitch invader during the Birmingham derby match on 10 March 2019. In the second half, he scored to give Villa a 1–0 victory. A 27-year-old Rubery man was arrested.
- On 11 March, he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court charged with encroachment onto the pitch and assault. He pleaded guilty to the offenses and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.
- Grealish led the team from March onwards, during which they amassed a club-record 10 league wins in a row. As a result of this form, Villa qualified for the playoffs, where they beat West Bromwich Albion and Derby County to gain promotion after an absence of three years.
- The first goal of the 2019–20 season came against Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the EFL Cup on 27 August 2019. On 5 October, he scored the third goal in a 5–1 away win over Norwich City, his first Premier League goal of the campaign. The club moved out of the bottom three and overtook their rivals in the Premier League table.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, the Premier League was suspended midway through Aston Villa’s return season in March 2020. Grealish violated government guidance by staying home during that enforced break.
- Across the 2019–20 Premier League season, Grealish was fouled 167 times, which was the most fouls won by a player in a single season, with over eight matches remaining. Aston Villa secured survival in the Premier League after drawing 1-1 with West Ham United on the final day, while relegation rivals Watford fell 3–2 to Arsenal.
- Grealish signed a contract extension with Villa until 2025 on 15 September 2020. On 28 September, he scored Villa’s first league goal of the season in a 3–0 victory over newly-promoted Fulham.
- Against Liverpool, he scored twice and provided three assists in a 7–2 victory at home on 4 October. Liverpool suffered their heaviest defeat in 57 years and conceded seven goals in a single match for the first time in Premier League history.
- Manchester City announced on 5 August 2021 that Grealish had signed a six-year contract that would run until 2027. Multiple publications reported that Aston Villa paid a transfer fee of £100 million, which was the most expensive transfer of an English player ever, as well as the highest fee ever paid by a British club.
- Grealish was given the number 10 shirt by the team which had previously been worn by club legend Sergio Agüero, who departed from City the month prior after ten seasons with the team. Ten days later, Grealish made his debut for City on a 1–0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on the first matchday of the 2021–22 Premier League.
- Grealish scored his first goal for the club against Norwich City in a 5–0 win on 21 August. The goal he scored on his Champions League debut against RB Leipzig on 15 September gave City a 6–3 win to take all three points in the opening match of the season. Nathan Ake also assisted his teammate on City’s opening strike.
- During his time in Irish youth teams, England was known to have pursued him, even naming him in their under-17 team in 2011 at the age of 15 – an invitation he declined.
- The English FA approached him after he was omitted from the Republic of Ireland under-21 team for three qualifiers in October 2012.
- Noel King said in May 2013 that the 17-year-old was considering a move to England and therefore was not selected for a friendly against Denmark. However, King later assured Grealish and his family that he was part of his plans.
- In August 2013, Grealish made his Republic of Ireland under-21 debut as a late substitute against the Faroe Islands. Grealish reaffirmed his desire to continue representing Ireland in 2013.
- Grealish was named to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad again in August 2014. It was initially reported that Grealish would decline the call up to the under-21s due to uncertainty over his international future, but he did play for the Republic of Ireland in a 2–0 defeat against Germany. Following discussions with Martin O’Neill, it was revealed that Grealish had actually declined a call-up to the senior Irish team.
- Gareth Southgate confirmed that the Football Association was monitoring Grealish’s situation after Grealish pulled out of a Republic of Ireland under-21 squad to play in a behind closed door friendly for his club Aston Villa in October 2014.
- In March 2015, Grealish won the Under-21 player of the year award, where he announced that he had been taking a break from youth internationals to focus on breaking into the Aston Villa first team and that he expected to return to playing for Ireland shortly.
- O’Neill announced in May 2015 that Grealish had declined another call-up to the Irish senior squad, this time for a friendly against England and a European Championship qualifier against Scotland. Although England manager Roy Hodgson had been in contact with Grealish, he decided not to include him in the squad to face Ireland for fear of backlash.
- Grealish announced on 28 September 2015 that he would represent England at the international level. In a 1–0 win over Portugal at the Toulon Tournament on 19 May 2016, he made his debut for England under-21s as a 72nd-minute substitute for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
- In 2017, Grealish was named to the England under-21 squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Between 2016 and 2017, he played seven games for the under-21s, scoring two goals.
- Grealish was called up to the senior England squad for the first time on 31 August 2020 for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark. In a 0–0 draw against Denmark on 8 September, he made his senior debut as a 76th-minute substitute.
- Grealish was named to the 26-man squad for the newly rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 on 1 June 2021. Grealish was introduced as a substitute against Germany on 29 June and contributed directly to both goals in a 2–0 win by playing in Luke Shaw to assist Raheem Sterling and crossing for Harry Kane to head in late in the match.
- Grealish scored his first international goal in England’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Andorra on 9 October 2021.
Facts About Jack Grealish
- Having joined Aston Villa at the age of six, he made his debut in May 2014, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute for Ryan Bertrand in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City.
- He was capped by the Republic of Ireland up to an under-21 level before deciding to play for England in April 2016. He played with the England under-21 team for the first time in May 2016 and won the 2016 Toulon Tournament.
- As a result of his Irish heritage, he played Gaelic football for John Mitchel’s Hurling and Camogie Club of Warwickshire GAA between the ages of 10 and 14.
- Aston Villa won the 1905 FA Cup Final with Billy Garraty, his great-great-grandfather and a former footballer.
- He’s a huge Aston Villa fan.
- He joined Notts County as a youth loan from September 13, 2013, to January 13, 2014. Grealish made his professional debut the following day, replacing David Bell in the 59th minute in Milton Keynes Dons’ 3-1 away defeat. At Meadow Lane in December 2013, he scored his first career goal and defeated three defenders to score the last goal in a 3-1 win over Gillingham. The following week, he opened a 4-0 victory over Colchester United. Gralish scored five goals and provided seven assists during his loan.
- He was warned by Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood following The Sun’s report and pictures showing him inhaling nitrous oxide for recreational purposes in April 2015.
- When Grealish was 15, he was named to England’s under-17 team but declined the invitation.
- His ability to run and dribble past defenders has been well recognized. The former academy director of Aston Villa compared his playing style to that of Nottingham Forest legend John Robertson, referring to his ability to “just ghost past people”.
- In order to maintain effective ball control, he wears child-sized shin pads while playing. Moreover, he wears his football socks rolled down because of superstition, which causes referees to give him warnings to pull them up.
- He signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa in October 2015. During his first start for the Villa in the Premier League, a 3-3 draw against Queens Park Rangers, his performance was also highly praised.
- In May 2014, after participating in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, he finished as the top scorer with six goals. Aston Villa won the Shield that year.
He is of Irish descent, through his maternal grandfather from County Dublin, his paternal grandfather from Gort, County Galway, and his paternal grandmother from Sneem, County Kerry.
He is not related to former Ireland captain Tony Grealish.
The star’s little brother passed away when he was little, and his sister has cerebral palsy.