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Full name  Leon Bailey
2011–2013  Genk
Place of birth  Jamaica
Name  Leon Bailey
Playing position  Winger
Role  Footballer
Number  31

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Date of birth  (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 18)
Current team  K.R.C. Genk (#31 / Forward)

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Leon Bailey Butler (born 9 August 1997) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.


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Early career

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Bailey grew up in the Cassava Piece area of Kingston, Jamaica. He played for the Phoenix All-Star Academy operated by his adoptive father, Craig Butler. In 2011, Butler arrived in Europe to find a club for his son Kyle Butler and Leon Bailey. They wandered around Austria, Germany and Holland, before ending up in KRC Genk, where Bailey went on trial in the beginning of 2012. Genk was convinced of his qualities, but because of the very strict regulations on minors by FIFA, they couldn't offer him a contract. So, the club made Leon Bailey sign a draft agreement when he was only 15 years old, which is illegal in Belgium. Bailey moved into a house in As, near Genk. After Butler left for Mexico, initially to formalize his move to Belgium, he went missing for four months. In these four months Genk took care of the minor children, who at that time were without parents or a legal guardian illegally residing in Belgium. When Butler returned after four months, KRC Genk offered him a job with a sponsor of the club. This was the only way to try and bend FIFA rules on minors. After the Labour Ministry heard of the matter, they raided KRC Genk, and Butler and his players had to retreat. So, he went to Standard Liege, but the transfer wasn't approved because Butler had no work permit. As a result, they could not legally reside in Belgium. Thereafter they went back to Jamaica, but they returned several times to Europe, where Butler offered his players at several European clubs. With AFC Ajax, he reached a verbal agreement in October 2013, but a transfer did not materialize. The FIFA rules did not permit a player under eighteen years to sign a professional contract with a football club. In the beginning of 2015, Bailey appeared in AS Trenčín, where he signed a contract.


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Bailey joined K.R.C. Genk in 2015 from Trencin. He made his Belgian Pro League debut on 21 August 2015 in a 3–1 away defeat against Sint-Truiden replacing Siebe Schrijvers after 62 minutes. He scored his first professional goal for KRC Genk on 21 November versus OH Leuven. At the end of the 2015–2016 season he won the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year award. His goal in the Europa League against Rapid Wien on 15 September 2016 was chosen as the top goal of the competition for the 2016-17 season by UEFA.

Bayer Leverkusen

Bailey joined Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016-2017 winter transfer window for a fee of €20 million, after interests from Manchester United and Chelsea.

International career

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Bailey played in a friendly match for Jamaica under-23's on 8 March 2015 versus the Cayman Islands under-23 side, where he scored directly from a freekick. In 2017 it was reported that Bailey would refuse Jamaica call ups until the standards of Jamaican football improved.


  • Young Professional Footballer of the Year: 2015–16
  • References

    Leon Bailey Wikipedia