Ross Barkley Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

Ross Barkley Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

Our Ross Barkley Biography tells you Facts about his Childhood Story, Early Life, Parents – Peter Effanga (Nigerian Father), Diane Barkley (Mother), Family Background, Girlfriend/Wife, Personal Life and Lifestyle.

In a nutshell, we’ll give you a full analysis of notable events starting from his early days to when he became Famous.

Ross Barkley Biography - Behold his Early Life and Great Rise.
Ross Barkley Biography – Behold his Early Life and Great Rise.

Yes, it is a known fact that the midfielder is a two-footed player with excellent technique. However, the bulk of what isn’t well known about him is contained in this Biography write-up. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Ross Barkley Childhood Story:

For Biography starters, Ross Barkley was born on the 5th day of December 1993 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is a Sagittarius by birth. He was born to a Nigerian father, Peter Effanga who is an automobile engineer and a British mother, Diane Barkley (home keeper).

One of the earliest known childhood photos of Ross Barkley.
One of the earliest known childhood photos of Ross Barkley.

Ross, instead of answering Effanga, chose to answer his mother’s maiden name ‘Barkley‘ due to a strained relationship he had with his Nigerian dad while growing up.

Ross started playing football thanks to his dad’s effort, who as a migrant, made it possible for his only heir to take football as his most profitable profession.

How Career Football Began for Ross Barkley:

This was also the case of migrant parents in Europe. Parents of Leroy Sane, Mesut Ozil, Christian Benteke etc are major beneficiaries.

Through Peter Effanga his dad, Ross joined Everton started playing football at the age of 11. He progressed through the Evertonian youth system.

The early career life of Ross Barkley.
The early career life of Ross Barkley.

Ross Barkley Early Years in Career Football:

Asides from making headlines as a teen, Ross was known to possess growth hormone and a gene that made him grow bigger than his peers and even opponents as pictured below.

Ross Barkley was so huge that one would think he was playing in the wrong age category.
Ross Barkley was so huge that one would think he was playing in the wrong age category.

Romelu Lukaku also witnessed the same growth syndrome. In fact, at 15, Ross was already mixing with the under-18 side. This was because of his excessive body build.

Ross Barkley Biography – Rise To Fame Story:

On several occasions, he led his youth team on major victories and in winning major tournaments such as the Echo Cup which was presented by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. See who led his youth team to major victories.

One of Ross' most significant achievements as an academy youngster.
One of Ross’ most significant achievements as an academy youngster.

Barkley was expected to make his Toffees debut in the early stages of the 2010-2011 season but was delayed after he sustained a serious leg injury.

He collided with Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom while on duty with the England Under-19′s.

In December 2011, shortly after turning 18, he penned a new long-term deal at Everton.

Did you know?… Ross Barkley holds the honour of being among Everton’s teenage goal scorers. Notable names in this list include the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman, Moise Kean, Jarrad Branthwaite, etc.

The rest of Ross Barkley’s Bio is now history.

Who is Zoe Riozzi?… Ross Barkley’s Wife:

Super lucky Ross Barkley is known to have the most peaceful, practicalsensiblerealistic and responsible girlfriend, Wag and supposed wife-to-be. She is no other person than Zoe Riozzi. 

Perhaps you’ve asked…, why we have praised her so much?…. The reasons are as follows; Zoe Riozzi is a down-to-earth person. Her boring-hairy looks depict it all.

She loves to wear a simple Parka jacket over her work uniform and flat-soled shoes rather than killer heels as some footballer’s wife and girlfriend would wear.

Isn't she a simple woman?
Isn’t she a simple woman?

She became known for her down-to-earth lifestyle when she first started dating Ross during her teen years.

Zoe Riozzi is responsible and respected for keeping Barkley’s feet on the ground. She has a stronghold over the England man.

Unlike most football WAGS, Zoe is not interested in material things like money and fame. In fact, she is a £9 per hour nursery school teacher.

Despite her boyfriend’s recent trappings of success and £40,000 a week wage, which is set to rise soon, Zoe has chosen to drive the most awkward car a wag would ever drive.

Rather than the Bentleys and Range Rovers most wags use to get around, Miss Zoe Riozzi have chosen to be behind the wheel of a modest Fiat 500.

She drives a low-key Fiat500, which costs just £4,000. What a modest lifestyle for a wife of a millionaire.

Her lifestyle is similar to that of Wayne Rooney‘s wife, Coleen Rooney, who has been credited for keeping the once-wayward England forward in check.

Thou Zoe is deeper than Coleen when compared to her down-to-earth personality. The couple, both the same age, are from the same area of Liverpool, and friends say their relationship is ‘going strong’.

In fact, their relationship has gone from strength to strength. Both lovers love to visit Buckingham Palace and Dubai. One holiday snap on Zoe’s Twitter profile shows them by a pool on a sunshine break. She looked more beautiful here.

Ross Barkley Family Life:

Yes, as surprised as you may be, this is true. Ross Barkley is of Nigerian descent.
Even his grandfather is a Nigerian.

Just like Dele Alli, Barkley has refused to play for Nigeria. He was eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles before making his competitive debut for England’s senior squad in 2013.

Prior to his debut against Moldova in a World Cup qualifier, Ross once said that Nigeria was one of the countries he could have represented apart from England. Both his father, Engineer Peter Effanga and mother, Diane Barkley, still reside in Liverpool.

Personal Facts:

Barkley is Sagittarius by birth, and he is human with his fair share of strengths and weaknesses. He has the following attribute as regards his zodiac personality.

Ross Barkley’s Strengths: Generous, idealistic and has a great sense of humour.

Barkley’s Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic.

What Ross Barkley likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy and being outdoors.

Ross Barkley dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained and off-the-wall theories.

Ross Barkley Biography Facts – The Great Punch:

Horrific footage once emerged showing Ross Barkley being knocked out in a vicious bar brawl. He was punched in the side of the face before falling to the floor. Barkley’s lawyer said he was the victim of an “unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him”.

The attack happened in Santa Chupitos cocktail bar in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of this morning. It came just hours after his team got a 4-2 win over Leicester City at Goodison Park.

Ross Barkley Biography – Victim of Racism:

Even while being white, is having any of your parents or Ancestors from Africa a crime?… Everton once banned The Sun tabloid from its premises over an article about Ross Barkley that critics branded “racist”.

Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie compared Barkley, who has a grandfather from Nigeria, to a “gorilla at the zoo” and said the only other people in Liverpool with his income were drug dealers.

He was once racially abused by a columnist.
He was once racially abused by a columnist.

The article was headlined “Here’s why they go ape at Ross”, alongside pictures of Barkley and a gorilla.

Upon seeing this publication, Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson reported it to the police and the Independent Press Standards Organisation, who called it “racist and offensive”.

The Sun’s publisher News UK said in a statement that MacKenzie “had been suspended with immediate effect”.

Ross Barkley Bio – Chelsea Snub:

Ross once completed a switch to Stamford Bridge but performed a stunning U-turn on deadline day to end what had been a frustrating transfer window for Chelsea FC.

Antonio Conte hit back at Ross Barkley’s decision to turn down a move to Chelsea after reports suggested the England international had pulled out of the deal due to him being unable to reach Antonio Conte on the phone.

Reports claimed Antonio Conte’s had his phone switched off or was under instructions not to speak to the 23-year-old. While Conte denied that was the case, he aimed a subtle dig at Barkley for not signing. In his words…

‘If any player has a great desire to play for a great club, he signs. Sometimes it’s ­important for the ­manager to speak to a player before he signs. Other times it’s not. I have signed several players without speaking to them.”

Biography Summary:

Ross Barkley Biography - Wiki DataWiki Answers
Full NameRoss Barkley
Nickname‎Ross the Boss
Date of Birth5th day of December 1993
Place of BirthLiverpool, United Kingdom
Playing PositionMidfield
FatherPeter Effanga
MotherDiane Barkley
GirlfriendZoe Riozzi
Height & Weight6′ 1″, 87kg


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Hi there! I am Hale Hendrix, a passionate football enthusiast and writer dedicated to uncovering the untold stories of footballers' childhood and biography. With a deep love for the beautiful game, I have spent countless hours researching and interviewing players to bring to light the lesser-known details of their lives.


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