Declan Rice is an English professional footballer currently playing as a defensive midfielder/center-back for the English club West Ham United of the Premier League. At the international level, he represents the England national team.
Rice was born in Kingston upon Thames, England, on January 14, 1999. He previously represented the Republic of Ireland internationally at both youth and senior levels before starting to play for the Three Lions in 2019. He trained with the academy of Chelsea in 2006 as a seven-year-old.
Rice reportedly earns a staggering annual salary of £3,224,000, with his weekly paycheck amounting to £62,000. He penned an agreement with West Ham United for a five-year contract worth around £780,000.
Some, however, project the Kingston-born center-back is going to net over £3 million starting from the season 2021-22. This assumption started in the wake of Rice's interest in EPL giants like Manchester United and Chelsea. Expert hypothesizes Rice's monumental hike in salary is in part to Hammers's paranoia and subsequent strategy to secure their promising player in a long-term deal.
For the first season with the Cockney boys, Rice bagged a salary of around £40,000. In the subsequent two editions, he saw a yearly revenue of £72,800 hitting his bank account. Amid the attention shown by the red devils and the blues, he was alleged to have had a hard bargain with the West Ham owners regarding salaries and benefits.
As such, in 2019, reports swirled up among the football community stating the six-foot-one wall was set to receive £32,000 a week for guarding the Hammers' defense. Considering that, analysts have theorized his net worth could very well be in the domain of $2 million.
When last reported by the Daily Star, Declan Rice was dating a Chessington native Lauren Fryer. On her 19th birthday, Rice, through his Instagram, had written: "Happy 19th birthday to my gorgeous girlfriend, Lauren Fryer. Looking forward to making many more memories with you; I love you."
When the center-back won Young Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, Fryer, on her social media, wrote: "Couldn't be more proud of my Dec winning young player of the year. You deserve everything and more."
Back in November 2019, in an interview with The Sun, Rice revealed his girlfriend worries about his friendship with Chelsea's midfielder, Mason Mount. He said Fryer had complained about their bromance. It was reported that Mount and Rice had even ditched their baes to spend their holiday in Dubai.
Furthermore, Rice and Fryer again made headlines in August 2022 when the news of the pair welcoming their first child came into the media. The name of their son is reported to be Jude, but the footballer has not talked much about the topic.
In 2014, Rice left the Blues' football institution for the academy of West Ham United. He received his first call-up to the West Ham senior squad for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017.
He though made his debut with the Hammers on the last day of the 2016-17 Premier League season. He was first chosen in the starting lineup on August 19, 2017, in a 3-2 defeat against Southampton.
In April 2018, he was named a runner-up for the 2017-18 West Ham Player of the Year behind Marko Arnautovic. On January 12, 2019, he scored his first goal for the Irons in a 1-0 win against Arsenal. The clash resulted in him being the man of the match.
On April 20, 2019, he was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of The Year Award, which his England teammate, Raheem Sterling, eventually won. For his performance in a match against Arsenal, he was named Young Hammer of the Year in 2019 - this was his third consecutive title of such nature. In the 2019-20 EPL campaign, he appeared in all 38 league games for West Ham, playing every single minute.
That season, he made more passes than any other West Ham player and was in the Premier League's top five players for both tackles and interceptions, leading West Ham players in both subjects. Consequently, he won the Hammer Player of the Year.
Rice made combined 23 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, playing for U16, U17, U19, and U21 squads. He made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland on March 23, 2018, in a 1-0 defeat to Turkey.
On February 13, 2019, he committed to play for the England national team. He first played for the team on March 22 in a match against the Czech Republic - a qualification duel for the UEFA Euro 2020. Moreover, Rice is also on the list of England team that is playing in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
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