Welsh star Aaron Ramsey agrees £400,000-A-WEEK deal
The boyo done good! Welsh star Aaron Ramsey agrees £400,000-A-WEEK deal to become Britain’s highest paid footballer as he and new WAG queen Colleen swap life in London for Turin
- Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey agreed to join Juventus on £400,000 a week
- The deal will make Welshman Ramsey, 28, the highest paid British footballer
- Ramsey, nicknamed ‘Rambo’, said he was leaving Arsenal with a ‘heavy heart’
He may have a wife called Colleen but, for one of the elite footballers of his generation, Aaron Ramsey has enjoyed a relatively low profile … until now.
The Arsenal midfielder revealed the stunning news yesterday that he has agreed to join Italian giants Juventus on a contract worth £400,000 a week.
The deal will make the 28-year-old Welshman the highest paid British footballer, beating Wales teammate Gareth Bale’s reported £350,000 a week at Real Madrid.
In a statement issued on social media last night, Ramsey – nicknamed ‘Rambo’ by teammates – told Arsenal fans he was leaving the London club with a ‘heavy heart’ after 11 years in the capital.
Childhood sweethearts: Aaron Ramsey and wife Colleen at the ‘Don’t Take Me Home’ film premiere, London, 2017
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Ramsey and Colleen (pictured) married in 2014 and had their first child, Sonny, the following year
In October, Colleen, who describes herself as an ‘enthusiastic foodie’ on Instagram, gave birth to twin boys
During that time he has won the FA Cup three times, twice scoring the winner – against Hull in 2014 and against Chelsea in 2017.
His eye-watering pre-contract agreement to join Juventus in the summer is a result of the Turin side not having to pay Arsenal a transfer fee because Ramsey’s contract expires then.
Ramsey grew up in the South Wales town of Caerphilly and met wife Colleen Rowlands at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, a Welsh-speaking school where he was a champion athlete and obtained ten GCSEs.
Aaron Ramsey as a school athlete
When Ramsey signed for Arsenal from local side Cardiff City in 2008, the humble midfielder was still driving his first car – a lime green Ford Fiesta with a chequered patter on the roof. Back then, his Cardiff teammates christened him Marge Simpson because his bouffant resembled that of the famous cartoon character.
Although he is a familiar name to football fans and regularly seen posing in social media snaps with his wife, Ramsey has rarely been a fixture of the gossip columns, outside of Wales at least.
Ramsey and Colleen married in a lavish ceremony at Caldicot Castle in 2014 and had their first child, Sonny, the following year. In October, Colleen, who describes herself as an ‘enthusiastic foodie’ on Instagram, gave birth to twin boys. In 2017, the couple bought a mansion on the outskirts of Cardiff for £3.1million – the most expensive home sold in Wales that year.
The 12,000 sq ft property in 20 acres of land features a snooker room, a gymnasium with steam room, its own lake and a helicopter pad.
In an interview four years ago, Ramsey acknowledged the ‘unbelievable’ rewards enjoyed by Premier League footballers, but added: ‘I’m not stupid – I don’t go around flaunting it.’
Ramsey celebrates after the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, 2017
That vow may now be a little harder to keep, with Ramsey’s new four-year agreement worth in the region of £80million. But it will not make him the highest paid player at his new club, which signed Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo last summer in a deal said to be worth £500,000 a week.
According to a recent Forbes football rich list, former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Ronaldo is the second wealthiest footballer in the world, behind Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
In November 2017, the 31-year-old Argentinian agreed a contract extension worth an estimated £518,000 a week – plus a £46million bonus just for signing it.
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