The world is evolving, and 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’s 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.
Who is John Barnes?
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 with 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, and Charlton Athletic before finally retiring with Scottish giants Celtic. He was arguably one of the best left-wingers Watford has ever produced in history.
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. He started his youth football career at Stowe Boys Club in Paddington when his family moved to London at the age of 12. He ended up with Middlesex League club Sudbury Court.
John Barnes Career & Retirement
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 the 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. He quickly established himself as a pivotal figure in Graham Taylor’s team in his debut season and helped them with promotion to the First Division having finished the season as runners-up to Luton Town. He scored 13 goals in 36 games in that campaign.
In the following season, Taylor’s team finished second to Liverpool in the league with Barnes dropping impressive performance all through the campaign. He represented the Hornets for five more seasons, scoring 85 goals in 296 appearances in all competitions, before moving to Liverpool in the summer of 1987. He made his debut for the Reds in a 2-1 victory against Arsenal and he created the first goal of the game just after 9 minutes of play. He scored his first Liverpool goal in a 2-0 win against Oxford United on 12 September that same year. Contributing 15 goals in 38 league games, he helped Liverpool clinch the 1987/88 First Division trophy in his debut season. With 17 goals in 48 games, he became the club’s second-highest goalscorer for that season.
Barnes stayed with Liverpool for 10 seasons, and he was able to lift two First Division titles, 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 during his time at Anfield sparked John Barnes’ net worth high a little.
He parted ways with the Merseyside club in the summer of 1997 to join Newcastle United as a free agent. He spent two seasons with the club scoring seven goals and three assists for the club before moving on, once more, to join Charlton Athletic and Celtic. He spent one campaign in each club before hanging his boot up for retirement in the 1998/99 season.
Having been born in Kingston, Barnes was eligible to play for Jamaica but instead chose to play for England as the former is yet to make its 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.
John Barnes Number
In his debut season at Watford, Barnes was handed the no. 11 jersey number, and he wore it for two before changing it to no. 9 for just one season. However, he changed it back to 11 for the 84/85 campaign and played with it for three seasons before dubbing the no. 8 jersey for his final season with the Hornets. At Liverpool, he wore the number 11 jersey for two seasons and the number 10 jersey for the rest of the campaigns he spent with the Reds. In his two seasons with Newcastle United, he used the 10 jerseys and he wore the 37 jersey number in his one season with Charlton Athletic before retiring from football.
For England national team, he wore five different jersey numbers; 11, 19, 14, 10 and 9.
John Barnes As A Manager
Following his retirement in the 1998/99 campaign, Barnes started his managerial career with Scottish giants Celtic. 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 at #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 to 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?
John Barnes’ net worth is estimated to be $10 million. This was the result of the several endorsement deals he signed during his amazing football career. Aside from that, he is a celebrity on British TVs as he had made appearances on TV shows like BBC Series “Who Do You Think You Are” and Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank. He was also a candidate in the twenty-first series of Celebrity Big Brother. He partnered up with Les Ferdinand and Luther Blissett to found Team48 Motorsport, however, the project never really took off.
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John Barnes’ Wife & Children
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.
John Barnes Fact: Did You Know?
He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1998 and 1990.
John Barnes appeared in the PFA First Division Team of the Year in three different seasons.
In 2009, Barnes was declared bankrupt
Barnes appeared on Celebrity Big Brother as a housemate in the twenty-first series of the TV show.