Jack Grealish led Manchester City’s title win celebrations, but there’s so much more to his personality than just being the club joker.
The Birmingham-born star won his first Premier League title at the weekend, and the joy felt by the £100million signing was clear to see.
Grealish hasn’t quite made the impact at the Etihad he’d have hoped, with him seeing a decline in goals in the Premier League (6 to 3), partly due to City’s style of play.
However, the England international has still proved he’s one of the country’s finest midfielders, thanks to his fierce pace and mesmerising dribbling.
Besides his flair, Grealish is equally loved for his personality – the fans see him as one of them.
With his 80s-esque rolled up shorts, pulled down socks and floppy hair, the City star has won the nation’s hearts ever since his rise at Villa and his part in Euro 2020.
The midfielder brought smiles to millions of faces with his hilarious appearances on England’s YouTube channel and even received a huge welcome from the crowd when brought on during the tournament.
It’s easy to think there can’t be much more to the midfielder’s already sparkling personality.
But there is another side to Grealish you may not see often.
“I think family is one of the most important things in life,” Grealish said.
“I can’t actually explain to you how close I am to my family.”
Between being busy with football and his advancement into deals with big name fashion brands, the star still prioritises his relationship with his family – despite living two hours away from his home.
And it’s fair to say the star has a special bond with his siblings and parents.
The family tragically lost a child, Keelan, in 2000 due to sudden infant death syndrome. The City star still regularly visits his grave and has repeatedly honoured him throughout his career.
Grealish’s younger sister, Hollie, has cerebral palsy and is often in and out of hospital.
The star has always made his love for his sister clear, with him throwing her a surprise party and getting her favourite soap actor, Coronation Street star Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk, to attend.
After England’s win against the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, Grealish’s love for his family shone through.
“My mum text me straight away after the match. I think she was a bit emotional and stuff,” he said.
“My little brother passed away then I was young, and my other little sister has cerebral palsy. She, you know, she’s like my best friend. I speak to her all the time.”
He continued: “She [my sister] lives with my mum forever so my mum was always looking after the kids, whereas my dad would take me and my brother to Villa Park on a Saturday.
“He’d drive me to wherever I was and wherever I was playing. Not everyone’s parents did that. He’s so proud of me and he isn’t shy of saying it.”
Grealish’s dad, Kevan, was instrumental in the England star falling in love with football.
As well as chauffeuring the England star around the country during his youth days with Aston Villa, Kevan took Jack and his siblings to Villa Park, buying them season tickets.
“What he’d love is at the end of every season the first-team would give their match balls away,” Kevan told the Birmingham Mail last summer.
“And Jack had one and was absolutely fascinated by it, he’d take it everywhere. That was his ball.”
Inevitably, the family’s struggles have made them incredibly tight knit.
But the personal hardships faced by Grealish have led him to be so much more than a star footballer and party lover.
He is a man with a heart of pure gold, too.