Lucas Radebe is a name that is quite familiar among us here in South Africa. Interesting to remember, he is not only a local celebrity, but he has built a brand for himself internationally. For those that may be new to the football world, he is a retired footballer that was renowned for his great position as a defender.
The retired footballer started his career by playing for the Kaizer Chiefs as a goalkeeper. Later on, he became a midfielder and then moved to defense. During his matches, he was easily identified by his shirt number 19. Anyone that has a passion for the game and ever watched him play will tell you that he was a passionate, skilled, and talented defender.
Lucas Radebe profile summary
- Full name: Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe
- Year of birth: 12th April 1969
- Age: 50
- Height: 1.86 m
- Marital status: Married
- Wife: Thobela Silver
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: Retired footballer
- Current job: Ambassador-Selati Cup
- Position: Defender
- Lucas Radebe Instagram: lucasradebe
Lucas Radebe early life
The famous and retired footballer was born and raised by his parents in Soweto. His father is known as Johannes, and his mother is Emily. He enrolled in Ngotwane High School, where he was quite active in playing football.
Lucas Radebe career life
His career started when he joined Kaizer Chiefs as a goalkeeper. His determination and skills saw him switch the position to become a midfield. He later moved to defense. In 1994, the renowned footballer was transferred to Leeds United at a transfer fee of £250,000. Lucas became the team captain between 1998 and 1999.
Interesting to note, in 1991, the retired footballer was shot as he was walking down the streets. Fortunately enough, he wasn’t wounded. He made his international debut in July 1992. Later that year, he suffered from ankle and knee injuries. In 2005, he retired from the game. In 2012, he became the team manager of the South African National side.
Lucas Radebe Awards
- Honored with the FIFA Fair Play Award in 2000.
- In 2009, he was named as the ambassador by the English Football Association to aid in improving the 2018 World Cup bid.
- In 2010, he was awarded the PFE Merit Award.
Who is Lucas Radebe wife?
He is married to Thobela Silver. The famous and retired footballer was previously married to Feziwe Faith, who succumbed to cancer in 2008. He then married Thobela Silver in 2015 in a colorful traditional ceremony that was graced by their family and friends. He has four children, namely Lucas Jr., Owami, Ofentse, and Jessica, whom he adores so much.
In a previously held interview with him in 2017, he opened up and said that the death of his first wife broke him down. It was devastating for him as she had been on his side for so many years, and through her, he had become stronger. He continued to say that he believes his heart condition was as a result of the heartbreak he suffered. In 2005, Lucas was diagnosed with a rare heart condition.
What is Lucas Radebe net worth?
The renowned footballer’s net worth is under review. However, his source of wealth is majorly from his career as a footballer. There is no information about Lucas Radebe house.
Lucas Radebe stats
The former footballer is a legend when it comes to playing football in South Africa. Keep in mind that under his leadership, the Leeds United team finished in the 4th position in the Premier League, which made them eligible to play the season’s Champions.