Biography

Aaron Ramsey

Welsh Footballer
Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey (Photo: New Balance)

Aaron Ramsey is a Welsh footballer who currently plays for Italian club Juventus.

Quick Facts and Info

• Date of birth: 26 December 1990
• Age: 30 years old
• Place of birth: Caerphilly, Wales
• Nationality: Wales
• Height: 178cm / 5ft 10 ins
• Weight: 76kg / 168 lbs
• Wages: £400,000 a week (unconfirmed)
• Nickname: Rambo

• Facebook: @aaronramsey
• Instagram: @aaronramsey
• Twitter: @aaronramsey

The Welsh midfielder started his career at Cardiff City before his eye-catching performances led to a move to north London side Arsenal.

Ramsey suffered a horror leg break at Stoke City in 2010 to rule the versatile midfielder out of action for almost 12 months.

The box-to-box midfielder sealed a transfer to Juventus in the summer of 2019 after his contract at Arsenal expired, signing a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.

He is a key part of the Wales team and the Juventus midfielder helped his country reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals in France.

But how much do we know about Ramsey’s early years and how he developed into one of the world’s top midfielders? This is Aaron Ramsey’s story.

Cardiff City

Cardiff City managed to see off competition to sign Ramsey at the age of eight. Premier League side Newcastle United had also reportedly shown an interest in the Welsh talent.

Ramsey made his Cardiff debut at the age of 16 years and 124 days in a 1-0 loss to Hull City in April 2007.

Aaron was the subject of a £1m offer from Everton in the 2007-08 season as his reputation continued to grow.

He signed his first professional contract with Cardiff in December 2007. A few weeks later, Aaron started his first competitive game in a 3-1 win against Chasetown in the FA Cup.

Ramsey played in Cardiff’s 1-0 loss to Portsmouth in the FA Cup final at Wembley after he featured in five of the preceding six rounds.

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Arsenal and Manchester United then went to battle over the midfielder’s signature as Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to Cardiff boss Dave Jones about the Welsh teenager.

Arsenal

Ramsey completed a £10m move to Arsenal from Cardiff in the 2008 summer transfer window.

Aaron cited then-manager Arsene Wenger as a big factor behind his decision to move to Arsenal after penning a long-term contract with the Gunners.

2008-09

Wenger didn’t hesitate to hand Ramsey his Arsenal debut in their Champions League play-off against Dutch side FC Twente.

Aaron made an assist on his first Premier League appearance in a 4-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.

His first Arsenal goal came in a 5-2 win against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Champions League group stage.

Ramsey finished the season with one goal in 22 games in all competitions.

2009-10

Aaron scored his first Premier League goal at the start of the 2009-10 season following his strike in a 4-1 win against Portsmouth at The Emirates.

Ramsey made his first Premier League start and completed 90 minutes in the English top flight for the first time in a 4-1 win against Wolves on November 2009.

He proved to be in prolific form during the festive period with goals against Stoke City, Portsmouth and West Ham.

His season was cut short due to a horrific injury, when Ryan Shawcross’ horror tackle caused him to suffer a broken leg. It was later confirmed that Ramsey had broken his tibia and fibula at the Britannia Stadium.

2010-11

Ramsey was sent on loan to Championship side Nottingham Forest to gain first-team minutes between November 2010 and January 2011. He made five appearances for the two-time European champions.

Aaron then went on loan for a month at his former club Cardiff City in January 2011. He featured in six games before he returned to Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

2011-12

Ramsey was back in the Arsenal first-team at the start of the 2011-12 season.

However, the Wales international struggled with form throughout the campaign amid growing criticism of the versatile midfielder.

Aaron finished the season with three goals and four assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.

2012-13

Wenger used Aaron sparingly in the opening months of the Premier League campaign.

He was deployed on the right wing for a large portion of the season, while Wenger kept the Welshman as an option from the bench.

Ramsey started 21 games and was a substitute 15 times in the 2012-13 Premier League season. However, in a sign of renewed importance, he started their last 10 games of the campaign.

2013-14

Aaron reached a new level at the start of the 2013-14 season.

He scored three times against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Champions League playoff to help Wenger’s side book their place in the group stage.

Ramsey was used in a deeper midfield role and the Wales international proved influential with a series of man-of-the-match performances against Fulham and Tottenham.

He netted twice against Sunderland to score his first Premier League goals of the campaign.

Ramsey scored in his next three outings to continue his prolific streak.

Aaron took his tally to nine goals in a 1-0 win against Norwich City before he scored a superb long range goal in a 2-0 victory over Liverpool FC.

The goals kept coming for Aaron following a header in a 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League before he bagged a brace in a 3-0 victory at his former club Cardiff City.

Ramsey suffered a thigh problem in late December to rule the Welshman out of action for three months.

He didn’t return to the Arsenal side until a 3-0 loss at Everton in April. Aaron scored three goals in his final four games in all competitions to end the season on a high note.

Indeed, Ramsey scored in a 3-2 win over Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

2014-15

The Welshman netted in a 3-0 win against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley months after their FA Cup success.

Ramsey scored the winner in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League game of the campaign.

However, he went on a long goalless streak before the midfielder found the net in a 3-2 loss to Stoke City at The Britannia in December.

Arsenal limped out of the Champions League at the round of 16 despite his best efforts to trigger a comeback in the second leg with a goal at Monaco.

Ramsey started Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa to win the FA Cup in successive seasons.

2015-16

Ramsey didn’t score in the Premier League until a 3-0 win at Watford in October 2015.

He netted goals in quick succession following strikes against Sunderland and Aston Villa in December.

Aaron overcame an injury problem to finish the season with six goals and five assists in 42 games in all competitions.

2016-17

The Welsh midfielder was handed the number eight shirt following Mikel Arteta’s departure.

Aaron was in and out of the Gunners team in the opening three months of the season.

His first goal came in a 2-1 win against Preston North End in the FA Cup third round. Ramsey scored in 5-0 victory over non league Lincoln City in the last eight.

The Welshman finished the season on a positive note with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

2017-18

Aaron netted Arsenal’s third goal in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the opening Premier League game of the season.

His next goal came in a 5-2 win at Everton before finding the net in their next fixture against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Ramsey struggled with some fitness problems during the festive period.

However, the Welshman scored his first hat-trick in a 5-1 win against Everton at The Emirates in February 2018.

Ramsey finished the 2017-18 season with seven goals and eight assists in 24 Premier League appearances.

The midfielder was much loved by Arsenal fans and many supporters were disappointed to see the club let him leave to join Juventus in the summer of 2019.

Move to Juventus

On 11 February 2019, Juventus announced that Ramsey had signed a pre-contract agreement for the midfielder to join them in the summer of 2019 on a four-year contract.

The midfielder is understood to have netted a salary of £400,000 a week with the Serie A side.

International career

Aaron made his Wales debut in a 1-0 loss to Denmark at the age of 17 in November 2008.

Ramsey scored his first international goal against Lichenstein in their World Cup qualifier.

Gary Speed appointed Aaron as permanent Wales captain in March 2011. He was the youngest-ever player to captain the country.

Ramsey was one of five Wales players to feature for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. He scored in a 1-1 draw with South Korea in the quarter-finals.

Personal life

Ramsey married childhood sweetheart Colleen Rowlands at Caldicot Castle in Monmouthshire, Wales in June 2014.

They have three children together.

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Aaron Ramsey (Photo: Aaron Ramsey / Instagram)

Interesting facts about Aaron Ramsey

• Ramsey is known by the nickname, ‘Rambo’. He earned the nickname in his early teens for his combative style of football.

• Aaron is a two-time winner of the Wales young player of the year award in 2009 and 2011.

• The Welsh midfielder was named Arsenal’s player of the season for his performances in the 2013-14 campaign.

• Social media has noted how Ramsey has scored on the eve of some famous deaths, including Osama bin Laden, Whitney Houston, Boris Berezovsky, Muammar Gaddafi and Steve Jobs.

• Ramsey’s football idol as a youngster was former Cardiff midfielder Graham Kavanagh.

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