Shaun Bartlett turns 47 today. The former South African professional footballer had an amazing career over the years. Briefly.co.za gathered a few quick facts to celebrate the sporting icon's birthday.
1. Early life
Bartlett was born in Cape Town and raised by his grandmother. He started his football career by playing for his church team. He developed skills as a striker.
2. Club career
He started playing for the Cape Town Spurs and then moved to Major League Soccer in 1996. Halfway through the 1997 season, he was traded to the MetroStars. Bartlett left MLS, without leaving much of a mark and returned to his home country.
He later went on loan to FC Zürich and then transferring there for good in 1998. Afterwards he moved to Charlton Athletic in 2000. Bartlett won the Premier League Goal of the Season award in 2000–01 for his incredible strike against Leicester City. He was released by the club in May 2006.
Bartlett returned to South Africa and signed with Kaizer Chiefs. He retired from professional football in 2008 but made a brief comeback with Bloemfontein Celtic.
3. International career
Bartlett made his full international debut in a friendly against Lesotho in 1995. He is the second all-time leading scorer behind Benni McCarthy for Bafana Bafana, with 28 goals in 74 appearances.
4. Managerial career
He managed the Golden Arrows in 2014–15 during their season in the National First Division
Happy birthday, Shaun.