Born: 27 / 05 / 1971 – West Midlands, UK
Teams: Manchester United and England
Biggest sporting accolade: Winning every domestic honour, PFA Young Player of the Year
Recipient of every major domestic honour there is, Lee was the original poster boy of English football and the first of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘fledglings’ to become a global star. A naturally talented winger, ‘Sharpey’ was heralded as the best young player in the newly formed Premier League winning the prestigious PFA Young Player of the Year award. Capped by England on numerous occasions and helping Manchester United to 3 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cup’s, 1 League Cup and a UEFA Cup trophy, Lee was hugely successful during his eight year stay at the club.
Having come through the ranks of lower league club Torquay United, Lee’s talents were spotted immediately as after only 16 first team matches, Manchester United paid a record fee to sign Lee, putting him straight into the first team aged just 17. Lee played a key role in turning the club into the largest in the world with eye-catching performances including scoring an audacious back heal against Barcelona in the Champions League. He joined titles rivals Leeds on a record fee £4.5million but sadly injuries hampered the remainder of his career which included spells in Serie A, Italy.
Retiring at just 32, Lee’s huge public popularity led him to feature in TV shows such as Celebrity Love Island and Coronation Street but he soon decided he preferred a life away from the spotlight after being subject to large press scrutiny. Now happy to pursue the correct opportunities after living a more regular lifestyle with his fiancé and new-born babies, Lee has a large cult following, is an accomplished speaker giving a unique insight into what life as a superstar entails and can still produce his famous “Sharpey Shuffle” dance celebration.