Christopher Grant Wood Biography

Chris Wood

Quick Facts About Chris Wood

Celebrated Name Chris Wood
Age 29 Years
Nick Name The Kiwi Kicker
Birth Name Christopher Grant Wood
Birth Date 1991-12-07
Gender Male
Profession Footballer
Nationality New Zealand
Birth Nation New Zealand
Place Of Birth Auckland, New Zealand
Horoscope Sagittarius
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
School St Paul’s Collegiate School
Career Start 2003
Awards 2008, 2009, 2011 New Zealand U20 Men’s Player of the Year, 2016-17 Leeds United Player of the Year, and 2011-2020 IFFHS OFC Best Man Player of the Decade.
Father Grant Wood
Mother Julie Wood
Sisters Chelsey Wood
Marital Status Dating
Girl Friend Kirsty Linnett
Height 6 ft. 4 inches
Weight 94kg
Body Type Alethic
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Football Career
Net Worth €12 Million
Salary £2.9 Million
Current Team Burnley
Position Forward
Jersey Number 9
Links Twitter Instagram

Christopher Grant Wood is a New Zealand professional football player who plays for Premier League club Burnley and the New Zealand national team as a striker. He is also vice-captain of the New Zealand national team. He started playing football for the youth team of Onehunga Sports and then moved to Cambridge FC's youth team. He started his senior career with Cambridge FC, Waikato FC, and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He spent his time on loan to six different clubs: Barnsley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Millwall, and Leicester City. In January 2013, he moved to Leicester City permanently where he made 52 appearances and scored 12 goals for the club. On 27 February 2015, he joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season. After a loan spell with Ipswich Town in 2015, he signed for Championship club Leeds United where he became the top scorer in the 2016-17 season. On 21 August 2017, he signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Burnley for an undisclosed club-record fee, widely reported as £15 million. He made his Burnley debut on 27 August 2017.

On the international level, he has represented New Zealand at various age levels. He has represented New Zealand at U17, U23, and the senior level. He made his New Zealand national team debut on 3 June 2009. He played for the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was part of the squad that won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. He has earned over 50 caps and scored over 20 goals for his country.

What is Chris Wood Famous For?

  • Being a professional football player.

Honors

  • Won the 2010-11 Football League One with Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • Won the 2013-14 Football League Championship with Leicester City.
  • Won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup with New Zealand.

Individual

  • Won the 2016-17 Leeds United Player of the Year.
  • Won 2008, 2009, 2011 New Zealand U20 Men’s Player of the Year.
  • Won the 2011-2020 IFFHS OFC Best Man Player of the Decade.

Where is Chris Wood From?

Chris Wood was born on 7 December 1991. His birth name is Christopher Grant Wood. His birthplace is Auckland, New Zealand. He was born to his mother, Julie Wood, and his father, Grant Wood where he grew up with his sister, Chelsey Wood who is also an accomplished footballer. He attended St Paul’s Collegiate School. He holds New Zealand nationality. He belongs to the white ethnicity. His religion is Christianity. His horoscope sign is Sagittarius.   

Christopher Wood Leicester City

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Chris Wood Club Career

  • He started playing football for the youth team of Onehunga Sports and then moved to Cambridge FC's youth team.
  • He started his senior career with Cambridge FC, Waikato FC, and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. On 24 May 2009, he made his senior team debut for West Bromwich Albion in a 0-0 draw to Blackburn and became the fifth New Zealander to play in the Premier League. At the end of the 2008-09 season, he signed his first professional contract, of two years with a further two-year option in the club's favour.
  • On 15 September 2009, he scored his first professional goal in a 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers. In the 2010-11 season, he made 23 appearances and scored 2 goals for the club.
  • On 24 September 2010, he was sent out on a 93-day emergency loan to Barnsley. The loan was terminated early by mutual consent after seven league appearances for the club without scoring.
  • On 19 November 2010, he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until January 2011. On 20 November 2010, he scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw to Bristol Rovers. During his loan spell at Brighton & Hove Albion, he made 29 appearances and scored 8 goals for the club.
  • On 5 August 2011, he joined Birmingham City on a one-month loan and made his debut on 6 August 2011 in a 2-1 defeat to Derby County, replacing Keith Fahey in the second half. On 25 August 2011, he scored his first goal for Birmingham in the second leg of the tie against Nacional. On 11 September 2011, he scored a hat-trick to lead Birmingham to victory over Millwall. Due to his performances, his loan was then extended for a second time where his loan with Birmingham City was ended on 5 January 2012, after 29 games in all competitions from which he scored 11 goals.
  • After returning to West Bromwich Albion, he joined Championship club Bristol City on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season where he made 19 appearances and scored 3 goals for the club.
  • On 17 September 2012, he completed a two-month loan deal to Championship side Millwall and made his debut for the club on 18 September 2012 in a 0-2 defeat to Cardiff City. On 22 September 2012, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1-2 defeat against his former club Brighton & Hove Albion. On 18 November 2012, he extended his loan until January 2013 and scored the winner against Leeds United on the same day. During his loan spell at Millwall, he made 19 appearances and scored 11 goals for the club.

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  • On 27 December 2012, West Bromwich Albion recalled him from Millwall and announced the following day that they had accepted offers from Millwall and fellow Championship club Leicester City for the permanent transfer of him where he chose to join Leicester City and the move was expected to be completed when the January 2013 transfer window opens.
  • On 1 January 2013, he initially joined on loan to Leicester City and registered in time to play for the team on the same day where he made his debut and score twice in his first game for Leicester City in a 6-1 win against Huddersfield Town. On 12 January 2013, he scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. He finished the regular season with 11 goals in 24 appearances, helping Leicester qualify for the Championship play-offs.
  • In the 2013-14 season, he finished the season with 8 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions as Leicester was promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season as champions.
  • On 16 August 2014, he played Leicester's first match of the Premier League season and scored a goal in a 2-2 draw to Everton,  came on for Leonardo Ulloa after 78 minutes.
  • On 27 February 2015, he joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season. On 1 March 2015, he made his debut for Ipswich in a 2-0 defeat to Norwich City. During his loan spell at Ipswich Town, he played 8 matches for them without scoring. 
  • After a loan spell with Ipswich Town on 1 July 2015, he signed for Championship club Leeds United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the range of £2.5-3 million. As a result, he became Leeds' most expensive signing since the arrival of Nick Barmby in August 2002 and was given the number 9 shirt for the coming season. On 8 August 2015, he made his debut for Leeds in the Championship in a 1-1 draw against Burnley. On 19 August 2015, he scored his first goal for Leeds in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City. In his first season, he made 37 appearances and scored 13 goals for the club. 

Christopher Wood Burnley

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  • On 10 August 2016, he scored his first goal of the 2016-17 season, in their League Cup fixture against Fleetwood Town. On 16 August 2016, he scored his first league goal with an overhead kick in a 1-1 draw with Fulham. On 13 January 2017, he scored his 16th goal of the season in a 1-0 win against Derby County. On 25 January 2017, he scored his 20th for the season in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Due to his amazing performances, he won the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for January 2017 and was voted PFA Fans' Championship Player of the Month for both January and March.
  • In the 2016-17 season, he made 48 appearances and scored 30 goals for the club where he was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and the EFL (all divisions) Team of the Season. He was also the only Leeds player to be selected for the PFA Championship Team of the Year. At club level, he won Leeds United's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards for 2016-17.
  • On 6 August 2017, he scored his first goal of the 2017-18 season in the 3-2 victory against Bolton Wanderers.
  • On 21 August 2017, he signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Burnley for an undisclosed club-record fee, widely reported as £15 million. On 27 August 2017, he made his debut and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. In his first season, he made 29 appearances and scored 12 goals for the club. 
  • In the 2018-19 season, he made 46 appearances and scored 13 goals for the club.
  • On 8 November 2019, he signed a new contract committing himself to Burnley until 2023. On 26 July 2020, he scored in the final match of the 2019-20 season in a 2-1 defeat to Brighton which was his 14th goal of the season, both his highest return in the Premier League and the best scoring season overall in a Burnley shirt. During the 2019-20 season, he made 35 appearances and scored 14 goals for the club.
  • On 6 March 2021, he scored his 40th goal in the Premier League in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal where he also became the eighth player in the history of the club who has started 100 Premier League games for Burnley. On 25 April 2021, he scored his first hat-trick for Burnley in a 4-0 away league win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and became the first New Zealander to score three goals in a Premier League match. On 3 May 2021, he scored a goal in a 1-2 loss over Burnley.

Christopher Wood New Zealand

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Chris Wood International Career

  • He has represented New Zealand at various age levels. 
  • He has represented New Zealand at U17, U23, and the senior level.
  • He made his New Zealand national team debut on 3 June 2009 in a friendly against Tanzania. 
  • He played for the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup where his country was knocked out of the tournament after drawing all three group games.
  • On 10 October 2010, he scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw to Honduras.
  • On 10 June 2012, he scored his first international hat-trick in a 4-3 win against Solomon Islands in the 3rd/4th play-off of the OFC Nations Cup.
  • On 14 November 2014, he became the youngest ever captain for New Zealand, a record previously held by Tommy Smith.
  • He was part of the squad that won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup where he scored four goals for New Zealand and helped them to qualify for the Confederations Cup.
  • He is the vice-captain of New Zealand where in the absence of captain Winston Ried, he captained his country twice during November 2016, both against New Caledonia. 
  • After being selected as captain for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, in June 2017, he scored his only goal of the tournament in a 2-1 defeat against Mexico.
  • On 1 September 2017, he scored his second international hat-trick in a 6-1 win against the Solomon Islands in the final 1st leg of World Cup qualification Oceania. 
  • He has earned over 50 caps and scored over 20 goals for his country.

Christopher Wood partner

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Chris Wood Girlfriend 

Looking at his personal life, Chris Wood is an unmarried guy. As of October 2018, he is in a relationship with Kirsty Linnett, a professional footballer. She plays for the woman’s team of Liverpool. Any updates on his love life will be updated here.

Chris Wood Height and Weight

Chris Wood stands at a height of 1.91m i.e. 6 feet and 3 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 94kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is brown and his hair color is blonde. His sexual orientation is straight.

Chris Wood Net Worth and Salary

Chris Wood earns from his professional career as a football player. His income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. In 2009, he moved to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. In 2013, he signed for Leicester City. In July 2015, he signed for Championship club Leeds United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the range of £2.5-3 million. In August 2017, he signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Burnley for an undisclosed club-record fee, widely reported as £15 million. As of 2021, his estimated net worth is €12 million and his salary is £2.9 million. His market value is around €8 million.  

Did You Know?

  • He signed his first professional contract at the end of the 2008-09 season.
  • He scored his first professional goal on 15 September 2009.
  • He wears shirt number 9 for Burnley.
  • On 14 November 2014, he became the youngest ever captain for New Zealand.
  • 2016-17 Leeds United Player of the Year.
  • 2008, 2009, 2011 New Zealand U20 Men’s Player of the Year.
  • 2011-2020 IFFHS OFC Best Man Player of the Decade.