Eric Bailly is an aggressive and technically adept English Premier League (EPL) center-back who is of African origin. The unplayable defender is currently on the roster of Manchester United and has been since 2016 when he joined the club as the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era. Born on the 12th of April 1994, in Bingerville, Cote d’Ivoire, as Eric Bertrand Bailly, the Ivorian also represents his national men soccer team and was part of the squad that lifted the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy in 2015.
There is very little information about his family – father, mother or siblings. The only thing we know is that his family was fairly comfortable as his father was a teacher and his mother owned 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 to play soccer began as a child, and he would spend a lot of time playing the sport in the streets of Koumassi-Sicogi which is the neighborhood he grew up.
Eric Bailly teamed up with a local youth soccer club, Abia Stars and participated in youth soccer tournaments. His energetic abilities and giant frame made it easy for the Ivorian to be spotted by scouts at these events and rightfully so, Bailly was spotted in one of the youth soccer tournaments organized by Promoesport, a Spanish company that provides agency services and representation for soccer players. His performance in the tournament was enough to make scouts from RCD Espanyol – a Spanish soccer club that played in the third tier of the league referred to as Segunda División B – interested in him.
In 2011, he joined RCD Espanyol’s youth system as a 17-year old and grew through the ranks until he was named in the first team in October 2014 when he made his senior debut in a victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga. He was signed by Villareal in the January transfer window of 2015. He agreed to a five-and-a-half-year deal which was worth about £5.13 million with the Yellow Submarines. After just 18 months, it was announced that Manchester United was signing the Ivorian on a four-year contract worth £34.20 million in June 2016.
The news hit the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the soccer world as the word on the lips of everyone was “Who is Eric Bailly?” He became the first signing for Jose Mourinho as he began his revolution after coming on board as a Manchester United manager. His United debut came in the FA Community Shield win over Leicester City, who were the EPL Champions the season before and he was named Man-of-the-Match three times in his first four matches for Manchester United. He would go on to help his team win the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League title in the same season – 2016-17.
He has equally won the AFCON trophy with his country, Cote d’Ivoire in 2015 after he was called up by the then Elephants (as the Ivorian national men’s soccer team is called) head coach, Hervé Renard to join the 23-man squad for the soccer fiesta. Eric Baily was also part of the Elephants’ squad whose campaign ended in the group stage of the same fiesta (AFCON) hosted by Gabon in 2017.
Who is Eric Bailly’s Wife? Girlfriend, Family
The question of Eric Bailly’s marrital status is always asked by fans considering the fact he has become a Premier League star in his own right. So we bring you what we have found in our investigations. Yes, Eric Bailly is married! Sorry to break your hearts, ladies, but the tough defender was married on June 26, 2016, in a wedding ceremony that took place in his homeland in Cote d’Ivoire, few days after his signed his Manchester United contract.
His wife is Vanessa Troupah, an Ivoirian also who he dated for eighteen months. They had met in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, where Vanessa was managing a roadside phone booth. The married couple has two kids but do not share their family information so it is difficult to get details concerning their personal life.
Body Measurements, Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Eric Bailly’s body measurements or stats are not available online but he is a tall defender with a height of 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) and a proportional weight of 77kg (170 lbs).
He is reported to have his net worth estimated at the whopping sum of $10 million as based on his current deal with Manchester United, the Ivorian earns an annual salary of $9 million.
His hometown, Bingerville, also boasts of being the same for former EPL star, Wilfried Bony, who played for both Manchester City and Swansea FC.
Bailly was said to be “the next Kolo Toure” when he was budding as a defender in Spain.
He never always wanted to be a defender. He started out hoping to emulate his country’s legendary striker, Didier Drogba. But when his play began to tilt towards the rear side of the soccer pitch, he picked up another role model in the person of Real Madrid and Spain center-back, Sergio Ramos.