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English footballer John Stones currently plays as a centre-back for the English Premier League club Manchester City besides representing the England national team in the international tournaments. Besides his usual position, he also plays as a right-back for his teams. He started his journey with the youth academy system of Barnsley and made his EFL Championship debut at the age of just 17. After spending two seasons with her native club, John joined EPL side Everton in January 2013. He has earned praises from football pundits for his performance with the Merseyside club.
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After making 95 appearances over four seasons with Everton, John moved to Manchester City in August 2016. Besides his club career, he also played for the English national team at several age-levels. John came into international circuit while playing for the U-19 team, and then played for the U-20 and U-21 teams too. He finally made his senior team debut in 2014. He was also a member of the English side that participated in the UEFA Euro 2016 but remained unused.
Being a football fan since his childhood, John started his own journey with Barnsley. He joined the youth academy system in 2001 when he was just 7 years old. He then made a steady progress in the academy and promoted through several age-levels. John came into prominence during his training time at the youth academy. After 10 years of rigorous training, he finally made it to the first team of Barnsley in 2011.
Stones signed his first professional football contract with Barnsley in December 2011. He then made his debut for the club in a Championship match against Reading at Oakwell on 17th March 2012 as a substitute. He made his first start for the squad in a League Cup first-round victory against Rochdale on 11th August 2012. Stones made his first league start for Barnsley against Middlesbrough on 18th August 2012.
Stones signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton on 31 January 2013. His transfer fee was reported to be around £3 million that time. He then made his debut for the club in the League Cup second round match against Stevenage on 28th August 2013 at Goodison Park. Stones made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Chelsea on 14th September 2013. He then started his first EPL game for Everton on 1st January 2014 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. John signed a new and improved five-year contract with Everton on 7th August 2014. The new contract could keep him at the club until 2019 with £30,000 weekly wage.
Despite playing great throughout the season, Stones suffered a horrific ankle injury in a Premier League match against Manchester United. His injury on 5th October 2014 ruled him out for almost 12 weeks. He then made his comeback and scored a goal for Everton against Manchester United on 26th April 2015. Due to his impressive performance, the club received £30 million bid for him from Chelsea. But interestingly, the Everton officials rejected all the bids for Stones.
Stones moved to Manchester City and signed a six-year deal with the club on 9th August 2016. He has earned an estimated transfer fee of £47.5 million with £2.5 million add-ons. The Man-City transfer instantly made his the second most expensive defender in the world, right behind David Luiz. Not only just his previous club but Everton also made a profit from his transfer. They had 15% sell-on clause and earned an estimated £6.78 million from Stones’ transfer.
Stones made his debut for Manchester City against Sunderland on 13th August 2017. Man-City squad played for the first time under legendary football manager Pep Guardiola on that match. Under his guidance, John Stones and Aleksandar Kolarov became main pillars of the sky blue’s defence. Stones then scored his first goal for the club in the FA Cup third round match against West Ham United at London Stadium on 6th January 2017. He scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against Monaco on 21st February 2017.
Stones earned his call-up for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in May 2013. Peter Taylor first inducted him on the 21-man squad of the U-20 team that represented the nation in the grand tournament. He then made his U-20 debut in a friendly match against Uruguay on 16th June 2013. Stones made his U-21 debut against Scotland the same year. He then made his senior England debut in a friendly match against Peru at Wembley Stadium on 30th May 2014. Stone made his first start for the nation in a friendly against Norway at Wembley Stadium on 3rd September 2014. He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park, Basel on 8th September 2014.
Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Stones is of pure English descent. He spent his childhood in Thurlstone with his parents Peter and Janet Stones. He has attended the Penistone Grammar school during his childhood days. John was an avid Manchester United fan. He is currently in a romantic relationship with his high-school sweetheart Millie Savage. The media went crazy after they found he dated Jessica Peaty while still having a relationship with Millie.
The current net worth of John Stones stands at $42 million. The market value of the English defender is estimated to be around $60 million. He currently gets a $125k weekly wage from his current club Manchester City. His annual salary income is reported to be around $12 Million.
Stones performed brilliantly well throughout his career for Everton and Manchester City. He helped his teams to achieve several great victories and to get top places in the league. Some of the most notable awards that he received till now are as follows: