10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wilfried Zaha
You may know Wilfried Zaha as the Manchester United footballer with all-star potential. You might even know that he is on loan to Cardiff City for the rest of the 2013-2014 season. But do you know where he is from? Here are 10 things you may not know about Wilfried Zaha.
Sources: TheGuardian.com, PFA Footballers’ Who’s Who 2010–11, BBC.com, ZeeNews.india.com, TheIndependent.co.uk, TheSun.co.uk, DailyMail.co.uk
1. He is a Scorpio.
Born on Nov. 10, 1992, the 21 year-old hunk fits his sign very well. Known for a little bit of controversy and a lot of swagger, Zaha has the potential to be a great leader on the field – as long as he remains a leader off the field.
2. He is from Ivory Coast.
Originally born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Zaha moved to London at the age of four. He went to Selsdon High School in Selsdon where he played football all through school.
3. At age 12, Wilfried started at Crystal Palace Academy.
It is not uncommon for football players such as him to get started on a professional path this early.
4. His name is actually Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha
Try chanting that 10 times at a football match. You’re going to need more ale!
5. His contract is worth $24 million over the next five years.
6. He’s the youngest of eight brothers.
One of these brothers is thought to have gang ties, and is rumored to have ranted about Zaha’s coach, David Moyes. You can only imagine how tough Wilfried must be. Sibling rivalry at its finest.
7. He knows how to make a big entrance
Speaking of Twitter, Zaha showed up to his medical examination for Man U wearing a shirt with Imogen Thomas — teammate Ryan Giggs’s old flame. Not the best first impression. Twitter had a good go at that one.
8. He once spent $6800 on a bar tab for friends and family.
Apparently a promotion to the Premier League deserves some celebrating.
9. Winger and striker
He played both a winger and striker who joined Manchester United in 2013 after spending three seasons with Crystal Palace and became a member of the English national team in 2012.
10. He was named Young Player of the Year
Through the rumors, the publicity, the loans, and the anticipation of where he will be next, he still is an amazing football player. He was named Young Player of the Year by the Football League in March of 2012. When you’re competing with other players from 72 teams, this is a pretty big deal.
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