LB presents the Full Story of a Defender who is best known by the nickname “The Beast“. Our Eric Bailly Childhood Story plus Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame, family background, relationship life, and many other OFF-Pitch facts (little known) about him.
Yes, everyone knows he is a defensive bedrock. However, only a few consider Eric Bailly’s Bio which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s Begin.
Eric Bailly Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Starting off, his full names are Eric Bertrand Bailly. Eric Bailly as he is often called was born on the 12th of April 1994 to his parents; Mr and Mrs Bailly (pictured below) in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire.
Eric Bally grew up with his family; parents, brothers and sisters in Bingerville, the hometown of Legendary Didier Drogba. Since the days of Didier Drogba, Bingerville had remained a suburb where emptiness end for little boys when there is football on their feet. A young Eric Bailly was not left out.
Ideally, Eric Bally began playing competitive football at the age of 7 while in primary school. After his primary education (during his teenage years), he became the manager of a telephone box in Abidjan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast.
Each day after the close of business, Bailly who was trusted by his employers would empty out the change (monies) in his telephone. Bailly once recalled;
“In Africa, there are people that live in much more difficult situations but, yes, as a child I started working,”
Bailly earned very little monies in the process, before going on trials with other hopefuls as he pursued his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Bailly left his telephone job in a bid to pursue a local football contract.
Asides from his parents, his only means of sustenance was through his girlfriend, Vanessa Troupah thanks to her phone call business. Details of their love story is found in Eric Bailly’s Relationship Life section.
Eric Bailly Biography Facts – Playing Position:
Just like many other kids in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire, Bailly actually grew up dreaming of becoming the next Didier Drogba. However, his plans to become a striker failed as he observed it wasn’t a natural thing for him.
Bailly realised his future was in the area of defending after seeing himself seamlessly stopping any opponent who dribbles pass him. He immediately switched from studying Didier Drogba to Sergio Ramos whom he later considers his idol.
Bailly while in his mid-teenage years continued to play local topflight hoping he would earn a decent living without any thought of Europe. Back then, he trained with a number of teams, moving from one district of the city to another in search of a contract.
Eric Bailly Bio – Rise to Fame:
The year 2011 was a miraculous one for Bailly who got the opportunity to play competitive football in a youth tournament in Burkina Faso. At the youth tournament, he got spotted by Espanyol scouts who were out to look for young rugged defenders from Africa.
Bailly who was only 17 years old at that time met their expectations. He was quickly taken to RCD Espanyol in Barcelona where he joined their youth system. A delay in receiving work permit made Bailly wait for 10 months before he was allowed to play for their Espanyol’s B-team in the Segunda Division.
Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Bailly’s talent grew as he was awarded the youngest defender who was dribbled past fewer times than any of the regular central defenders in Spain’s top four clubs.
During his time at Espanyol, Eric Bailly became the talking point of Derbi Barceloní, a name given to football matches between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol.
After only 5 matches with Espanyol, Bailly was bought by Villarreal. It was at the club he got noticed by The Special One, Jose Mourinho who became the manager for United.
On 8 June 2016, Bailly became the first player signed by José Mourinho. Since joining the club, he had impressed. The rest, as they say, is now history.
About Eric Bailly’s Wife – Vanessa Troupah:
Being in a relationship has always been an important aspect of Eric Bailly’s life. Vanessa Troupah (pictured below) has been the love of his life right from the days he was financially handicapped.
Eric Bailly wedded longtime girlfriend Vanessa Troupah in June 2016, days after completing his four-year deal worth £30 million to Old Trafford.
Despite the quiet and low-key nature of the marriage, many curious local journalists were able to divulge the hidden identity and social status of Bailly’s lucky bride.
The only resounding information on her was that Vanessa once ran a roadside mobile phone kiosk while her boyfriend Bailly chase local football contracts. Immediately after their wedding, there existed gossips which reflected the following words;
What on earth could link an English Premier League professional to a local Ivorian girl who made less than $3 per day from her phone business?
In response, Vanessa made a simple comment, saying she would talk when the time is due. Mrs Bailly later opened up and revealed more heart-touching secrets about her relationship with Bailly. She said;
“I met Eric when I was running a roadside mobile phone kiosk in Abidjan,”
“We did not meet on a plane, a bar or at a festival. He met me at my kiosk with the biscuits I was also selling there. He was a nobody then. He used to make calls at my kiosk on credit.
“Today he is an international footballer and a professional. I am not saying you have to run a mobile phone kiosk in order to meet your future husband. I only want to point out to young girls to find something doing, work hard, give advice and support to your man to help him succeed in life.”
During these times, Vanessa took care of logistics for her man when he had no monies. She paid Eric Bailly’s transport fares to and from training sessions. Thou she didn’t have much but she had to sacrifice the little she had because she loved him very much and wanted him to succeed.
As at the time of writing, the couple together has a son and as of March 6, 2017, Bailly’s wife Vanessa was pregnant.
Eric Bailly Shoe:
Eric Bailly has more of an old-fashioned personality thanks to his terrible footwear (pictured below) which he wears to the dressing room. It was Juan Mata and Ashley Young that got the world to know about his shoe as they posted it on Instagram.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 20, 2016
Eric Bailly is known to be short-tempered, but we reckon Jose Mourinho as someone who would never sign anyone he cannot be able to handle.
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