The world is evolving, so is the entertainment sport we know as football. In football, we’ve seen legends rise to the very top, we’ve seen players fall, some acquired a career-changing injury (good or bad), and most emotional of all we’ve seen them play their last match before ending their football journey.
Today, we will be talking about a retired footballer net worth, John Barnes net worth in 2021. But before that, let’s take you down the memory lane regarding this particular player’s career in football. Not only was he a talented footballer, but he was also a talented musician.
John Charles Bryan Barnes, popularly known in football as John Barnes, is a retired Jamaican-born English football player who established himself in the football world following the years spent in the English Top Flight. He made his name while playing as a left-winger for Watford before signing the league giants Liverpool, where his name was known throughout Europe during the 1980s and 1990s. His entire football career was spent with Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic before finally retiring with Scottish giants Celtic. He was arguably one of the best left-wingers Watford has ever produced.
John Barnes was born on the 7th of November, 1963 in Jamaica, to Roderick Kendrick Barnes and Francis Jeanne Hill. He was named after famous welsh footballer John Charles by his father, who was a big fan of the game. His father played a major role in helping Barnes develop a major interest in the popular game. His family moved to London, where he started his youth football career with the Stowe Boys Club in Paddington at the age of 12 before ending up with Middlesex League club Sudbury Court.
While playing for the Sudbury Court, he was scouted by Watford in his teenage years. Barnes then quickly move into the club’s reserve that year having successfully passed their trial, for a fee said to be worth only a set of kits, he was officially signed to the club on 14th of July 1981. He made his first appearance for the club on the 5th of September 1981 as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic in the Football League Second Division. In that same season, Barnes established himself in the Graham Taylor’s team as they were promoted straight into the First Division as runners-up to Luton Town after contributing 13 goals in 36 games for the club.
Barnes was again pivotal for the Taylor team the following season as they finished the campaign as runners-up to Liverpool in the League. Due to impressive display for the Hornets for six good seasons, Barnes was wanted by several top clubs in English football. He scored a total of 85 goals in 296 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets.
In the summer of 1987, he was sold to the league giants Liverpool, which is where he gained European recognition. He made his debut for the Reds in a 2-1 victory against Arsenal being pivotal in setting up the first goal after playing for 9 minutes. He finally scored his first Liverpool goal in a 2-0 win against Oxford United on 12 September that same year. Being pivotal again, he helped the club lift the 1987/88 First Division title in his first season with the club after contributing 15 goals and also scoring two goals in Europe becoming the club’s second-highest scorer for that season.
Barnes, in his ten campaigns spent with the Merseyside club, was able to lift two First Division league title, two FA Cup, one League Cup and three Charity Shield having scored 106 goals further creating 70 assists in 402 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions. The major endorsement deals acquired in his time at Anfield sparked John Barnes net worth high a little.
In the summer of 1997, Barnes left the Reds on a free transfer to join Newcastle United where he was reunited with his former teammate Kenny Dalglish, who was the manager of the club then. He spent two seasons with the club scoring seven goals and three assists for the club before parting ways to join Charlton Athletic and Celtic. He spent one campaign with each club before hanging his boot up for retirement.
Having been born in Kingston, Barnes was eligible to play for Jamaica but instead opt to represent England as the former is yet to make their mark in international football. He represented England in the two European qualifiers, 1988 Euro, Euro 1992, FIFA World Cup 1986 and 1990 World Cup. Registering 75 appearances for the Three Lions, he bagged 11 goals and 3 assists for the national team.
Barnes announces his retirement from football in his last appearance for Charlton Athletic in the 1998/99 campaign. He started his managerial career with Scottish giants Celtic, where he re-registered himself as a player for a short period. He managed the club for only 8 months before parting ways with them. In September 2008, he became the manager of the Jamaican national team. Barnes led the team to first-place in the 2008 Caribbean Championships to qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
As his football talent cannot be compared to his Managerial career, the latter was not much to talk about. He took up the manager position for Tranmere Rovers back in 2009 and he was sacked four months later following the disaster class the team showed in the League One that campaign.
John Barnes Music Career
Despite being a talented footballer, Barnes was also talented in Music with Rap being his section. He performed the rap part in “World in Motion” by Keith Allen before taking on the stage in FA Cup final to perform the rap section in “Pass & Mover (It’s the Liverpool Groove). The World in Motion song peaked #1 on the charts spending 18 weeks in the UK top 75 in a release made both in 2002 and 2010. His Pass and move track also reached #4 and spent 4 weeks in the UK tp 75. Thanks to the rap section, World in Motion quickly became a legendary song in English football traditions being the remembered part.
What is John Barnes’ Net Worth
Calculated back from his football career to his managerial career till this very day, John Barnes net worth in 2021 currently sits at $10 million. He has appeared on several TV shows from Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank to the BBC Series “Who Do You Think You Are” and several others. He appeared as a candidate in the twenty-first series of Celebrity Big Brother.
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John Barnes Personal Life
John Barned got married to Suzy Barnes in 1991 but later got divorced in 2001. The short union was blessed with three children; two sons and a daughter namely, Jamie, Jordan and Jemma. He re-married to Andrea Barnes in 2006 and this time is blessed with two daughters and a son; Isabella, Tia and Alexander.
With a net worth of $10 million in 2021, John Barnes and his family might just be living the good life for a long time.