Leon Bailey (born August 9, 1997) is a Jamaican professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Aston Villa in the Premier League and for the Jamaica national team.
Bailey moved to Europe when he was 13 years old and played for a number of clubs as a teenager before signing for Belgian club Genk in 2015, where he was voted Belgian Young Footballer of the Year. His success in Belgium earned him a move to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga in 2017. He was signed by Aston Villa in 2021 for a sum of roughly £30 million after four years at the club.
Who is Leon Bailey’ father?
Growing up in Jamaica, Bailey wanted to become a footballer or a sprinter – inspired by the success of Usain Bolt.
Bailey was one of 23 children adopted by football coach Craig Butler, whose Phoenix Academy team Bailey played for as a child. Butler worked cleaning toilets to save enough money to travel to Europe – where he hoped to find Bailey, and his biological son, Kyle a professional club. Since the age of 13, Bailey has lived in Europe.