Eric Bailly is an aggressive and technically skilled English Premier League (EPL) midfielder of African origin. The unplayable defender is currently on Manchester United’s roster and has been since 2016 when he joined the club as the first signatory to the Jose Mourinho era. Born Eric Bertrand Bailly on 12 April 1994 in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivorian also represents his men’s national team and was part of the squad that won the Trophy of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2015.
There is very little information about his family – father, mother, or siblings. The only thing we do know is that his family was quite comfortable with his father being a teacher and his mother owning a fashion store and that he has a younger brother named Arturo Bailly. He attended both primary and secondary schools, but the names of the schools are not available. Bailly’s passion for playing soccer started when he was a child and he spent a lot of time playing this sport in the streets of Koumassi-Sicogi, the neighborhood where he grew up.
Eric Bailly teamed up with a local youth soccer club, Abia Stars, and participated in youth soccer tournaments. Because of his energetic abilities and gigantic physique, it was easy for the Ivorian to be discovered by scouts at these events. Bailly was rightly discovered at one of the youth soccer tournaments organized by Promoesport, a Spanish company that provides placement and replacement services for soccer players. His performance at the tournament was enough to attract scouts from RCD Espanyol – a Spanish football club that played in the third division and is known as Segunda División B.
In 2011 he entered the youth system of RCD Espanyol as a 17-year-old and grew through the ranks until he was called up to the first team in October 2014, when he made his debut in the senior national team with a victory over Real Sociedad in the La Liga. In January 2015 he was signed by Villareal in the 2015 transfer window. He agreed to a five and a half year contract with the Yellow Submarines worth around £5.13 million. After only 18 months it was announced that Manchester United would sign a four-year contract with Ivorian in June 2016 worth £34.20 million.
The news reached the airwaves and sent shock waves through the soccer world when the word “Who is Eric Bailly” was on everyone’s lips. He was the first to sign with Jose Mourinho when the latter started his revolution after coming on board as manager of Manchester United. He made his debut with Manchester United by winning the FA Community Shield against Leicester City, who were EPL Champions the previous season, and he was named Man-of-the-Match Manager three times in his first four games for Manchester United. In the same season – 2016-17 – he was to help his team win the league cup and the UEFA Europa League title.
He also helped his country, Côte d’Ivoire, win the AFCON trophy in 2015 after being appointed to the 23-man squad for the Football Festival by the then Elephant Head Coach Hervé Renard (as the Ivorian men’s national team is known). Eric Baily was also part of the elephant squad, whose campaign ended in the group phase of the same festival (AFCON), which took place in Gabon in 2017.
Who is Eric Bailly’s Wife? Girlfriend, Family
The question of Eric Bailly’s status as a husband is asked by fans, again and again, considering that he has become a Premier League star in his own right. So we bring you the results of our investigations. Yes, Eric Bailly is married! I’m sorry to break your hearts, ladies, but the tough defender was married in a wedding ceremony in his home country in Côte d’Ivoire on 26 June 2016, just days after he signed his contract with Manchester United.
His wife is Vanessa Troupah, also from Ivory Coast, with whom he was together for eighteen months. They had met in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where Vanessa ran a roadside telephone booth. The couple has two children but does not share any information about their family, so it is difficult to get details about their private life.
Body Measurements, Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Eric Bailly’s body measurements or statistics are not available online, but he is a tall defender with a height of 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) and a proportional weight of 77 kg (170 lbs).
It is reported that his net worth is estimated at a whopping $10 million, as the Ivorian earns $9 million a year in salary under his current contract with Manchester United.
His hometown of Bingerville also boasts that the same is true of former EPL star Wilfried Bony, who played for both Manchester City and Swansea FC.
Bailly was considered “the next Kolo Toure” when he was flourishing as a defender in Spain.
He never always wanted to be a defender. In the beginning, he hoped to emulate his country’s legendary striker Didier Drogba. But as his game began to tilt towards the back of the pitch, he took another example from Real Madrid and Spanish central defender Sergio Ramos.