LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known by the Nickname; “Studger”.
Our Daniel Sturridge Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time till date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about his abilities but few consider our Daniel Sturridge Biography which is quite interesting. Now without further adieu, let us begin.
Daniel Sturridge Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Daniel Sturridge was born on the 1st day of September 1989 in Birmingham, the United Kingdom by Grace Sturridge (mother) and Michael Sturridge (father), both of Jamaican origin.
He grew up in Hockley, Birmingham. It was an environment he’ll never forget in terms of playing football on local pitches, kicking a ball around his family’s front garden and all over the house. Every kid in the neighbourhood was fond of him.
Little Daniel Sturridge: The boy at everyone’s heart
Daniel loves Hockley because it was a positive place to live and somewhere that gave him the right grounding for where he is today.
Growing up, Young Daniel had parents who were very protective of him.
In his words; ….“Hockley had some crime so my mum didn’t want me out there, and my dad was the same. I would have to be in at a certain time as there was a lot of violence surrounding our area.
My elder brother, Leon, wasn’t involved in any violence, and he made sure that I stayed away from that whole lifestyle.
It’s important to understand that you can become something in a crime-ridden area.
I’m grateful to God that I was able to get out of that environment and make something of myself .”
Having come from a football family background, Daniel knew his dad and uncles would want their legacies to continue.
In fact, he had an early mentorship and guardian from them. His dad, Michael developed this fondness for showing his son videos of Pele. It was this that first got Daniel interested in football.
In Daniel’s own words…“My dad coached me a lot in the park, we’d put out cones and dogs were always chasing us. He showed me a lot of Pele videos.
He would show me the skills and I would go in the front garden trying to do them.”
Daniel Sturridge Biography – Career in Summary:
Sturridge began his playing career at the age of six at the local club Cadbury Athletic.
He was coached and mentored by his father and elder brother. This gave him a smooth start to football.
He spent the whole of 1995/1996 season at the club before being spotted at the age of seven by the youth academy of Aston Villa.
He left Villa four years later to move to Coventry City, from where he joined Manchester City’s Academy in 2003, aged 13.
The following year, he was the leading scorer and voted player of the season (the only other person to achieve this was Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez) as City won the Nike Cup, the world’s largest under-15 tournament.
From the start of the 2006–07 season, Sturridge began to train with the City first team.
In the 2007-08 season, Sturridge became the only player ever to score in the Youth FA Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League in the same season. This is a record that has yet to be matched to this day.
At the end of the 2008–09 season, the Manchester City fans voted Sturridge as the Manchester City Young Player of the Season, in which he dedicated the award to his family and his uncle Dean.
With Sturridge’s contract at Manchester City expired, he signed for Chelsea on a four-year contract on 3 July 2009.
On 31 January 2011, Sturridge agreed to join Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal until the end of the season. He made an impact at Bolton.
On 2 January 2013, Sturridge completed a move from Chelsea to Liverpool, signing a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £12 million.
The rest as they say is now history.
Daniel Sturridge Family Life:
Daniel Sturridge is from a rich family background. He is of Jamaican descent, all of his grandparents are Jamaican just like Raheem Sterling.
DAD: His dad, Michael Sturridge was a professional footballer before he was born.
In Daniel’s words,… “When I was growing up, he was the one who coached and mentored me and helped me to become what I am today.
Without his coaching and without his insight and the days and the hours that he put in with me, I wouldn’t be the player that I am today.
Along with my brother, he taught me everything I know.
Michael Sturridge’s brother is Simon, Dean, David and Derek and Carl Sturridge. His sister is Ava Sturridge-Packer CBE.
MOTHER: Daniel’s mum was very focused on my education. She wanted him to focus on school because she worked at a school. That was huge for her.
Not only is Daniel capable of cooking up a storm on the field of play. Off the pitch, he is also a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen too.
So much so that the Sturridge family have opened their own Caribbean restaurant in Birmingham, where he was born and where his parents still live.
And it will be Sturridge’s mum, who he says influenced his own love for good food and cooking.
Daniel’s uncle, Dean played upfront for a decade with Derby County, five years of which were spent in the Premier League.
Uncle Simon turned out for Stoke City, while Daniel’s dad Michael played in Finland. Both Dean, Simon and Michael Sturridge (Daniel’s dad) all had their professional career’s spanning at the same time.
According to Daniel…“They paved the way for me and I looked up to them when I was younger. I was happy to see my uncle play for Derby and my other uncle play for Stoke.
I watched my dad play on a Betamax recording at home and he showed me old games from when he played in Finland. He scored some good goals as well.”
BROTHER: Daniel has an older brother named Leon Sturridge. He wasn’t interested in football from day one. He is the first child and son of Michael and Grace Sturridge.
Daniel once said there has never been any sibling rivalry between him and Leon. In his words…
“ Leon has always been 100% supportive. There is been no jealousy. And that’s in everything, not just football.
There’s no jealousy in my household and that is one thing that my parents always taught us never to have.
We were always taught to uplift and to bring praise and to try to help each other to be successful; never to be jealous of each other”
SISTER: Daniel Sturridge has an elder sister named Cherelle Sturridge. She is 4 years older than him. Below is a picture of Cherelle Sturridge and John Terry.
COUSINS: Daniel has 3 cousins in the name of Warren, Jordan and Ellisha Sturridge.
Daniel Sturridge Relationship status – Girlfriend, Wife, Children?
At first, Daniel was never used to having serious relationships. He often treats his fans to photos and videos on Instagram, but he’s never pictured with a woman by his side.
This was how he has viewed his relationship life to be…..“I’d love to start my own family. I’m not sure what sort of father I’ll be but hopefully, I’ll be a cool one.
And hopefully, my child will be able to speak to me about anything. That’s the kind of person I am, and that’s the kind of relationship that I hope to have with my child.
Later on, this was what happened!!
Fans were shocked when Daniel Sturridge took to Twitter to tell reveal his need for a lady in his life.
Sturridge who is known for sharing a lot of his life on social media, and his frequent interaction with fans told his followers:
Few hours after tweeting, some media outlets revealed his social qualities to potential ladies who aspired to be in a serious relationship with him. Some of it reads as follows;
—-He is physically very fit – He won’t let this put you down, dating him is like having a personal trainer!
—-He can get you a discount at Subway after he’s their number one ambassador.
—-He’s proved he has a good sense of humour after participating in the rapping competition with fellow Liverpool FC player Jordon Ibe.
—-He lives the life partying among stars such as Tinie Tempah, Pharrell Williams and Drake so you’ll be on the guestlist as his plus one!
Hammersmith Primark and Daniel Sturridge:
It was supermodel Jourdan Dunn that finally won his heart. Jourdan is an English fashion model and actress.
She was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. Hammersmith Primark began appearing on international runways in early 2007.
Jourdan Dunn and Daniel Sturridge have grown steadily close since they started dating. They have been keeping their relationship very quiet except for moments like this below.
Daniel Sturridge Biography – Origin of Goal Celebration:
People have said Daniel Sturridge has got moves Like Jagger.
Again, of all the things that people most want to know about the striker, it is perhaps the origins or meaning of his familiar Jagger goal celebration.
Sturridge loves to perform the Egyptian-style dance routine in front of his fans.
The England international once explained in an interview with GQ magazine: “It came about when I and my brother and my cousins were in my apartment.
We were having a bit of banter and playing some music and I ended up doing the dance. Again I ended up doing it in a nightclub and then people were like: ‘you should do it as a celebration,’ and then it kind of just stuck.”
Few fans have made fun of it. An example is seen below.
As regards its first use, the Sturridge Jagger dance was first used in 2004 when he had an U15s game against Barcelona in the Nike Premier Cup.
The then 14-year-old found the back of the net and followed it with the memorable dance which he did for the first time in pitch.
Though it looked a little bit raw and silly at that time. Daniel has improved on it.
Black Dress Sense:
Off the pitch, Sturridge has a diverse range of interests to keep himself busy. He has a great passion for fashion in black. He makes sure he is kitted out in the best black designer gear at all times.
And in particular, that means wearing all the latest trainers.
Once a Derby County and Arsenal Fan:
Sturridge used to support Derby County when he was younger because his uncle, Dean, played for them. But once Dean left, Sturridge switching his allegiance to Arsenal.
Daniel Sturridge Religion:
Sturridge is a Christian. After winning the Premier League Player of the Month award, Sturridge said, “I do all [through] Christ who strengthens me.”
Religion also plays a strong part in the 24-year-old’s life, with Sturridge a devout Christian, as seen by the gesture towards the sky giving thanks to God that the marksman makes whenever he finds the back of the net for the Reds.
“I just think that I’ve had my faith in God, been praying a lot, been working hard on the training field, and expressing myself, playing my natural game and playing my natural position also,”
Sturridge told CNN’s World Sport when trying to explain his recent red-hot form in front of goal.
Daniel Sturridge Biography Facts – A Charity Giver:
Sturridge is actively involved in charity work, often helping young players get involved in football.
In 2012, while playing for Chelsea, he presented a cheque of €50,000 to Street League, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged players across Europe get into football.
In summer 2013, Sturridge opened his charity foundation named after him in Portmore, Jamaica, with its aim to help youngsters there get into sport and entertainment. He also owns the Sturr Class Entertainment record company.