Alan Shearer is a former English professional footballer who is considered as one of the best strikers in that English League has had. Along with his time at Blackburn Rovers, he has immense success playing at Newcastle United where he became the highest scorer for them and the Premier League as well. Since retiring Shearer has started to become active as a sports analyst and is seen regularly in BBC.
Alan Shearer was born on 13 August 1970, in Gosforth, Newcastle. He played football from a young age with encouragement from his father and studied at Gosforth High School. There, he was the captain and went on to join the Wallsend Boys Club in his teenage years. During his time there, he was spotted as a possible player by Southampton with him he got a youth contract in 1986. This would be the start of his career as a professional footballer.
Within the span of 2 years, he started to play for the senior team making his official debut ion March 26, 1988. He made an impact at a very young age scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal when he was only 17 years old. In 1991, he was voted as the Player of the Year for the Saints.
However, in the next year, Southampton found themselves in a tricky situation financially and Shearer was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £3.6 million. This was a record breaking deal by Rovers beating interest from prominent teams like Manchester United. His first season though was one to forget as injuries would take the better of him ruling him out for half the season.
But it was his partnership with Chris Sutton in the coming years that would spark a magical partnership that was very effective in scoring goals. It is because of this partnership that Blackburn Rovers were able to win the premier League in a tight contest with Manchester United. His efforts for the club led to Shearer being awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 1995.
He had one of the best spells in his career as the next year, he managed to score more than 30 goals though Blackburn as a whole couldn’t live up to their heroics of the previous year. He scored more than 100 goals for Rovers before eventually went to Newcastle United on April 17, 1996.
Manchester United again had a big interest in signing him but Newcastle being his boyhood club meant that the pull towards this club was just way too strong. This would become a world record transfer of the time with the deal being worth £15 million, which was a massive amount back then.
He would spend the next ten years of his career at Newcastle where he scored goal after goal for them. Though he had his eyes set on retirement in 2005, he continued for one more season with them eventually becoming the club’s highest-ever league and cup competition goalscorer with 206 goals altogether. Shearer expressed his interests in coaching after football but said that he would first take a long hiatus to be more active with his family.
Alan Shearer Net Worth
As of 2018, it is estimated that Shearer has an estimated net worth of $50 million. He has made the majority of his earnings during his football days as well as through the numerous endorsements deals that he had going on.
He currently works as a TV Pundit on BBC with a reported salary of £450,000 annually. Though this number is very small if we look back at what he was earning during his prime days as it is still high if we look at jobs in the similar field. Because of such a high salary, people have even questioned him, even calling him as one of the most boring people on TV.
Shearer married Lainya on June 8 , 1991. The couple have three children.It is because of his desire to raise his kids in England that Shearer decided to stay in England rather than move to clubs like Barcelona and Juventus when he had the chance.
On 6 December 2000, Shearer was given Honorary Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. Shearer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for charitable services to the community in North East England.