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17-year old Jamaican footballer Leon Baley, has signed a lucrative contract with Belgian Pro League team, KRC Genk. It is the biggest contract for a junior football player in the history of the club.

The left-footed striker, was reportedly the target of Ajax and Manchester United, but Chelsea FC was most prominent among the well known teams that were hoping to sign him.

Bailey and his brother Leon joined Slovakian premier division club, FK AS Trencin club last November. After living in Europe since he was 13 years old, he returned to Jamaica for a stint at Jamaica College, the old high school of his coach and adopted father, Craig Butler. Butler is the founder of Phoenix All Stars Football Academy, which produced Leon Bailey, the footballer.

Leon started training with Phoenix All Stars Football Academy at 7 years old, while still in primary school.

On January 28, 2014, Butler signed a three-year endorsement contract with Nike. Leon will wear Nike brand on and off the field at least until January 2017.

Leon Bailey is described as a skillful, prolific left-footed goals scorer who has so far scored over 100 goals in his short professional career.

Here is a video of Leon showcasing his freestyle skills.



  1. My brother and I would like to be footballers in future playing for big teams with big names. How can we join the Genk Football Academy in Belgium. We are Kenyans. Thanks in advance.


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