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English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek currently plays for the Premier League club Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea besides appearing for the England national football team. He started his football journey with Chelsea youth academy system at the age of just eight and promoted to the senior team of the Blues after making his way through the promotion of different age group squads. Ruben made his debut for Chelsea first-team in 2014 and has earned 22 caps since then. Undoubtedly, Ruben is one of the best young talents of the English football.
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Besides his club career, Ruben also made some prominent contribution to the national team of football. He started his international career with the Under-16 team and made his progress through all the national youth squads of England before finally making his debut for the England senior team in 2017. Ruben first came into notice of the football pundits after his marvelous performance for the England U-19 and U-21 team. For his amazing aggression and pin-point accuracy, former English manager Glenn Hoddle once compared him with Germany’s Michael Ballack.
Ruben joined the youth academy system of Chelsea when he was just eight years old. After his appearance for the various age-group squads, he marked his prominence for the first time in 2012 FA Youth Cup final as a substitute. He then made 18 appearances for the Chelsea Under-18 squad followed by 9 appearances for the Under-21 squad during season 2012-13. Ruben helped the Chelsea youth team to win the FA Youth Cup in season 2013-14. He was also an integral part of the U-21 Chelsea team that lifted the Under-21 Premier League trophy in 2014.
Ruben made his senior Chelsea debut in a UEFA Champions League group-stage match against Sporting CP as a substitute of Cesc Fàbregas on 10th December 2014 at Stamford Bridge. He then made his English Premier League debut for the Blues against Manchester City as an added-time substitute of Oscar on 31st January 2015. For his amazing performance for the youth team in 2014, Ruben was promoted to the first team of Chelsea along with his fellow youth squad member Izzy Brown under Chelsea’s new manager José Mourinho on 3rd February 2015. He displayed his prominence during Chelsea’s 2014–15 UEFA Youth League victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in Switzerland on 13th April 2015.
Ruben made his first start for the Chelsea senior squad against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on 10th May 2015. He then scored his first competitive goal in a FA Cup match against Scunthorpe United on 10th January 2016. Ruben, after he secured his place in the first team of Chelsea, signed a new five-year contract with the club on 29th February 2016. He scored his first Premier League goal against Aston Villa on 2nd April 2016. Ruben played as a striking partner of Diego Costa under Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte during the 2017-18 pre-season, and was handed the number 14 shirt after the departure of his fellow teammate Bertrand Traoré.
After a successful season at Stamford Bridge, Ruben joined the English Premier League club Crystal Palace on a full-season loan from Chelsea on 12th July 2017. He made his debut for the club in the opening day of Premier League 2017-18 against Huddersfield Town and played the full-90 minutes of the game. Ruben has made 17 appearances for the Crystal Palace since his joining while scoring 1 goal till now. Due to his marvelous performance for the EPL side, Ruben earned his call-up for the England senior team under the new manager Gareth Southgate for England’s matches against Brazil and Germany in November 2017.
Ruben had his first call-up for the England Under-16 team in 2011 after his impressive performance for the Chelsea youth squad. He then made a steady progression through the Under-17 and Under-19 team, and gained his first call-up for the English U-21 squad in 2015. Ruben was a part of the English squad that defeated France in the Toulon Tournament on 29th May 2016. He achieved the Player of the Tournament award for his performance and for the winning goal in the final of the competition, thus becoming the only English player since Alan Shearer in 1991 to achieve the POTM title in Toulon Tournament. Ruben then earned his call-up for the English senior squad for competitive matches and made his debut against Germany on 11th November 2017.
Ruben was born to Guyanese father Trevor Loftus and English mother Juliette Cheek in Lewisham, London. He is of Guyanese descent and grew up in London with his three elder brothers. Ruben, on his father’s side, is the half-brother of former Newcastle striker Carl and former Crystal Palace defender Leon Cort. According to the recent media reports, he is currently dating English model and television presenter Ferne McCann. The relation came into public attention when Ferne McCann stated that she is currently in touch with a “mystery footballer” through twitter.
The media went crazy when Ruben first signed a £1.7 million contract with Chelsea at the age of just 17. He never stopped since then, and his current market value is estimated to be around €8 Million. According to the recent statistical reports, Ruben’s current net worth stands at around €3 Million. It is also reported that he is getting around £60,000 weekly wages from the Blues.
Ruben, throughout his career till now, has achieved several accolades with the teams that he played for. He is one of the key players who helped the Chelsea youth team to secure the FA Youth Cup title in 2012 and again in 2014. Ruben also helped the team to win the UEFA Youth League in 2015. He is a part of the Chelsea senior squad that held the English Premier League trophy in season 2016-17. Ruben, in his international career, helped the England Under-21 team to achieve the Toulon Tournament in 2016. He was named as the Player of the Tournament on that same event for his amazing display of performance.