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Leon Balogun is a Nigerian footballer who played for the Rangers in the Scottish Premier League as a defender.
Leon Balogun profile
Family and Sister
Balogun was born on the 28th of June 1988 to a German mother, Orfa Balogun, and a Nigerian Yoruba father, Caesar Balogun, in Berlin, West Germany.
His father, Cesar Balogun, is from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.
Balogun’s family is Roman Catholic, which led his parents to raise him and his junior sister, Miriam, in Roman Catholic beliefs and ways.
This made their upbringing strict and also led Leon to attend a Catholic school when he was young.
At the beginning of Leon’s football career, he became an atheist due to his hate and resentment towards his strict catholic upbringing and the Catholic school he attended, which also had strict rules.
The early days of his football career were filled with hurdles, challenges, hardship, and according to him, he vented his anger by crying most of the time when alone.
Leon began to believe in God during his hard times and admitted that his belief in God gave him the hope and strength he needed for his football career.
He became a devoted Christian at the same time and began attending church services.
Leon and Miriam, his sister, understand and speak German and English because their parents groomed them in German culture.
They do not speak the Yoruba language, which is the language of their father’s origin.
Leon’s sister is an important figure in his football career. She always accompanied him to his football training and was his number one fan.
Football Career and Stats
Leon joined Hannover 96, a Bundesliga club, in 2009 and first appeared to play for the club for the first time in a match against Hamburger SV.
Then he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf, which is also a Bundesliga club.
In 2014, his contract with the club expired, which caused him to stay without having a club for three months before he signed a contract with Darmstadt 98, another Bundesliga club that was to expire by the end of the 2015 season.
Leon joined Brighton and Hove Albion, a Premier League club, on the 22nd of May 2018, with a two-year deal. Leon played with the club for the first time as a substitute after replacing Lewis Dunk, who was out with an injury he picked up while playing against Manchester United.
Leon scored his first goal for the club in a match against Crystal Palace after replacing Pascal Grob in the starting lineup due to a suspension the former had picked the match before after headbutting Shane Duffy. Leon played in his first EPL Cup match on the 27th of August 2019, where his club won the game over Bristol Rovers.
The Super Eagles star joined Wigan Athletic with a six-month loan deal on the 31st of January 2020 and later signed a short-term permanent agreement with the club on the 25th of June 2020 to expire by the end of the 2020 season.
Leon joined the Rangers, a Scottish premiership club with a one-year deal on the 24th of July 2020, with the option to extend his deal a year further in favour of the club.
Leon played for the club for the first time on the 1st of August, a week after his contract with the club, in a match against Aberdeen where his club won.
In February 2021, he was used as a right-back to replace the club’s captain James Tavernier who got injured, and Nathan Patterson, the club’s reserve player, who got suspended.
Leon got a one-year contract renewal on the 9th of April 2021, and he scored for the club for the first time in a match against Brondby IF in the Europa League group stage.
International Football Career
In March 2014, Leon was called to join the Nigerian national team as his father is a Nigerian.
He appeared for the first time with the Nigerian team in a friendly match against Mexico, where he replaced Joseph Yobo.
Unfortunately, Leon got injured after 20 minutes of entering the game, and his fractured foot required surgery which caused him to miss out on two to three months of action.
Although he later told newsmen that the injury does not require surgery.
Leon played his second match with the Nigerian team against Uganda on the 25th of March 2015, where the Nigeria team lost.
His third game with the Nigerian team was the qualifying match for the 2017 African Nations Cup against Chad, where Nigeria won.
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Leon was named to join the Nigeria 23-man squad, and he played in three games with Nigeria before they were eliminated.
In the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation, Leon was also chosen to play with the Nigerian team.
He played for the first time with the Nigerian team in the tournament in a match against Guinea in the second group game where the Super Eagles won.
Leon played in four games for Nigeria in the competition, and in the end, the Super Eagles won the bronze medal.
Leon Balogun biography: Wife and House
In a word, Leon is a private person.
He has been linked with several women, but there are no real sources to these claims.
Recently there have been numerous claims that he has a German wife and kids, but these claims could just be a prank.
In summary, it is safe to consider Leon as a single person until evidentially proven otherwise.
Leon is not only private in respect to his family, there also isn’t much known about his House or Cars.
The man seems to hide away from the limelight very well.
Salary and Networth
Leon Balogun earns a yearly salary of £950,000 in Rangers.
He has apparently had a change in salary structure over time with his different cubs.
However, he and his agent were able to carve out a deal that can be considered fair, given that Rangers isn’t among the most popular in the world.
Leon Balogun’s market value at a time peaked at almost £2 million. However, it is not that much anymore.
His current market value is estimated at £800,000.
Leon’s estimated net worth is two million dollars.
This article was updated 1 month ago