Chris Smalling has proven that with determination and hard work, people can achieve all that they have set their hearts on. His case is strange because no one gave him a chance when he moved from a modest and small English club, Fulham, to a contract as a central defender for England’s biggest soccer franchise and Premier League giant, Manchester United.
But although fans and experts alike wrote him off as a failed business, Smalling – season after season – has consistently ensured that he has remained a fixture in Manchester United’s Department of Defence while he has played over 200 missions with the team, winning a host of medals.
He is a professional footballer born Christopher Lloyd Smalling in Greenwich, England on November 22, 1989. His parents, Lloyd and Theresa Smalling, and his younger brother, Jason Smalling, formed a small family. Chris Smalling has English citizenship but is also of Jamaican descent. Before he ventured into football, he attended Ridge Meadow Primary School and completed his high school education at the Chatham Grammar School for Boys.
His family placed great emphasis on education and insisted that all their children complete their primary education before anything else – for Chris Smalling before he turned to sports. Yes, sport, because Smalling was not only interested in soccer when he grew up, he also tried other sports such as judo, rugby, and even basketball. Ironically, he was good at all these sports. However, football will come first, as the young Smalling started his stay in this sport in 2002 when he joined the Walderslade Boys and then the Millwall Academy.
Career – Professional Clubs
His professional career began in 2007 when he joined the English sub-league team Maidstone United. He impressed the club, moved from the youth team to the reserves, and finally fought his way into the starting line-up. He only had to spend one professional season with the team, as his impressive play generated positive reviews for him, and by the end of his debut season, in which he played eleven games and scored a single goal, he had offers from major clubs such as Charlton Athletic, Reading, Fulham, Middlesbrough, etc.
He decided to sign for Middlesbrough who offered him a 2-year contract in April 2008. He would later sign for Fulham, a Premier League team after his contract with Middlesbrough was canceled just one month later. The reason given for terminating the contract was that he was homesick and wanted to play for a club closer to where he lived. He made his Fulham debut in the last game of the 2008-08 season against Everton. The next season, Fulham played in the UEFA Europa League, where he had his first start – a 1-1 away draw against CSKA Sofia. His first league start was in December 2009, away against Chelsea.
In 2010 he moved to Manchester United – a deal that surprised everyone who heard him. And he has remained with the team to this day. He made his debut with Manchester United in 2010 at the Community Shield, where he won his first soccer medal. In his time as a center back for Manchester United, Chris Smalling has won 1 UEFA Europa League trophy, 2 English Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, and 3 FA Community Shields. He has also played over 250 missions for Manchester United.
Chris Smalling has also played for the English men’s national team and started in the youth squad when he was appointed to the English U-20 squad in 2009. He also played for the U21 national team in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship before making his senior national team debut on September 2, 2011, with a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. Smalling was capped for the 31st time while scoring a goal for the Three Lions. However, he was not a member of the Three Lions team that played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Chris Smalling currently earns 80,000 pounds a week at Manchester United, which puts his annual income at 4.16 million pounds ($5.3 million). His exact net worth is not known as there are conflicting reports online about what the exact figures are. Smalling, however, owns a mansion in Chesire, England, and also owns a good collection of luxury cars. He owns a Ferrari, a Bentley GT, an Audi, and a Mercedes Benz in his collection. The main source of his wealth is football, although he also has sponsorship from Adidas.
Chris Smalling’s Wife, Girlfriend
As for his personal life, it is known that the defender Chris Smalling is no longer on the relationship market. He is married to his four-year-old girlfriend – Sam Cooke – after he proposed to her during a summer vacation in Bali. The couple walked down the aisle at a ceremony on Lake Como in Italy on June 22, 2017. His Manchester United teammates, including Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Wayne Rooney, and others, attended the wedding in large numbers.
Sam Cooke is English and comes from Manchester, England. She is a well-known glam queen and Page 3 model.
Is Chris Smalling Gay?
It is possible that Chris Smalling is gay, at least according to the evidence we have at the moment. Even though we know that there are stars in various fields that we didn’t believe could be LGBT-compliant but later turned out to be, we can’t expect Chris Smalling to surprise us like that, since he is currently married and there have been no reports or rumors of this kind about him.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Chris Smalling has the level that his primary importance to the business is to the defense, especially in EPL. He also has the physique and this is due to his decision to give meat and embrace the vegan life. At least his change in diet has kept him injury-free and fit, unlike before when he was constantly on the treatment table.
His whole body statistics are not available on the Internet, but his height is 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) and weight is 178 lbs (81 kg). His hair color is black and his eyes are dark brown.