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Despite being one of Eastlands’ highest value transfers of recent years, the father of two is
refreshingly down to earth, a genuine family man and is incredibly passionate about his
craft - claiming he would “honestly play for nothing”.
“I’m so passionate about football and the Premier League - I’m not just a football player, I
still feel like I’m a fan.”
Perhaps this surprisingly grounded mindset is due in part to Joleon’s upbringing and
some humbling life experiences. He recalls the severe car accident which nearly took his
life aged five and bares a permanent reminder on his forehead today:
“I count myself very lucky as it was a very serious accident.”
“I was judged and teased at school because of the scars from the accident but it taught me to
not to be in that bracket where people judge each other based on their faults. As much as it
hurt at the time, I learned to focus on the ways in which I am blessed.”
And the self-acclaimed
“mummy’s boy”
certainly did just that. After writing a letter
to Derby County when he was 15, Joleon was snapped up by the team fresh out of
secondary school. “There was no real question of going to do a ‘9 to 5’ - it just wasn’t for
me. As far as I was concerned, football was the only option.”
Unlike most transfers, which are usually a decision kept under tight wraps by the
suited and booted, it was Joleon’s mum who oversaw the first transfer agreement of his
glistening football career and the passionate youngster soon moved to his home team
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC so that he could be closer to his family.
After several seasons playing for Everton, the defender had really made a name for himself
and following a phenomenal injection of money into Manchester City by Abu Dhabi’s
Sheikh Mansour, the rising Blues signed him up for £22 million. “I count myself so lucky
for being one of Manchester City’s ‘chosen ones’.”
But despite his successes, Joleon is certainly no Premiership playboy. His fiancé Debbie
has remained his front-line support from the very start - well before the former Wolves
player had experienced even a whiff of the shimmering life of a professional footballer.
The couple plan to marry next June and Debbie is revelling in the opportunity to create
the big OK! magazine wedding.
“There will be a few of the Everton and Wolves lot there as well as current team mates.
Although I don’t think we’ll be inviting Mancini as having him there watching us get drunk
wouldn’t be fair on the boys!”
Joleon may do very well at putting himself across as an ‘every day lad’ but he certainly
doesn’t look like your average 30-something Brummie. The towering sportsman is
effortlessly stylish and you only need catch a glimmer of his uber chic Audemars Piguet
watch to appreciate that Joleon has got fashion nous. And with a knock out fiancé, two
indisputably gorgeous children, a stunning family home and as a first team player of
arguably the fastest growing club in the Premiership; Joleon Lescott certainly has it all.