William Wingrove, also known as Billy Wingrove, is an English footballer who is well-known around the world. He is most known as a freestyle football player for the YouTube channel ‘F2Freestylers,’ which he co-owns with his friend Jeremy Lynch. Freestyle football is a type of self-expression in which an athlete performs numerous stunts with a football while using any part of his body. Wingrove is also a semi-professional soccer player who has represented a number of clubs in traditional soccer, where he has played forward and midfield. At the age of twelve, he played for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on a trial basis for six weeks. At the time, the club’s administration stated that he was too little and not physically strong enough. Wingrove began his football career as a young player for Enfield Town F.C., then as a semi-professional with Ware F.C. By the age of nineteen, he was earning significantly more money as a freestyle footballer at private parties than as a semi-pro. As a result, he became the first local freestyler for Tottenham Hotspur, performing at corporate, charitable, and commercial events and finally becoming on the Spurs’ roster.
Childhood and Adolescence
Billy Wingrove was born on December 17, 1982, in a wealthy household in London, United Kingdom. His father was a former professional soccer player for the Tottenham Hotspur club, while his cousin was an Arsenal player. Wingrove has remarked on Twitter that his father is a source of inspiration for him.
He began to learn more freestyle football methods as he grew older, and he joined a similar group of soccer players in London. Following his success in the skills, he competed in the Nike freestyle competition hosted in London’s Earls Court district, where he placed in the semi-finals out of 6,000 competitors.
A self-employed career
Billy began professionally performing his freestyle soccer tricks on television channels such as BBC, Sky Sports, and Nickelodeon in 2003. Enfield (2002-2004), Ware (2004-2009), Chestnut Corinthians (2009-2010), Hoddesdon Town (2010-2014), Broxbourne Borough (2014-2015), and Aylesbury United (2015 onwards) were among the clubs with which he was associated.
In 2005, Wingrove was signed as Tottenham Hotspur’s official freestyle footballer. Since then, he has raised a lot of public exposure for the club’s charities while also working on programs for the local group.
He works as a skills coach for the David Beckham Academy, where he teaches the children football techniques and also performs stunts for them. Billy also teaches children in South Africa about his freestyle tricks in preparation for soccer school. He plays for the Academy’s events and takes part in their UK tours.
Wingrove is the A.C. Milan professional football club’s global representative. He instructs local kids who frequent the club’s fan parks as well as those who attend the Milan Junior Camp Soccer schools. He is the official presenter for AC Milan Camps and also contributes to their training films.
He has been named Sport England’s ‘Sporting Champion’ for his inspirational work in sports, instructing youngsters on projects all around the United Kingdom and motivating and encouraging them to practice, learn, and stay dedicated to achieving their goals.
Billy is the skills ambassador for the Grassroots football live show, which takes place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. He showcases his abilities on the show, instructs children, and instills in them the importance of learning football tricks in the growth of all players.
He is the first freestyler to have a lesson DVD and owns three Guinness World Records in football freestyle. Billy has also choreographed for superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Alessandro Del Piero, Fernando Torres, and the entire Manchester United team.
Children enrolled in the ‘Billy Wingrove Soccer Academy’ at the London Soccer Dome are taught freestyle footballer tactics and ball-handling by Billy himself.
Those who are unable to gain admission to the BWSA can register at www.billywingrove.com, which offers a variety of tutorial videos presented by Billy himself, as well as access to the academy’s coaching sessions recordings.
Performance by a duo
After pursuing their single freestyle careers, Wingrove and Lynch decided to join forces in order to increase their future marketability, and thus the F2 freestyle was born.
At the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’Or honors, the Freekerickerz (F2) performed their freestyle choreography in front of football legends Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Christiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, and Lionel Messi. Ronaldo praised the pair for their choreography which was timed to music.
They’ve played in front of crowds at stadiums, the Queen, and A-list celebrities, and have been praised for their originality and ingenuity. The freestylers have demonstrated their skills to the football clubs of Norwich City, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
Beko (in sponsorship promotions for Barcelona F.C. alive), UBISOFT (in assisting with the launching of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate), and Adidas are among the brands with which the F2 has cooperated (creating great content and appearing in advertisements for their TKRZ boots). They collaborated with Brazilian footballer Neymar to help launch Konami’s PES16 game.
They’ve appeared in two television shows: ‘F2 Kicks Off: London Live’ (2014) and ‘It’s Called Football’ (2015). (2016-2017). The first TV series chronicles their journey as freestyle footballers across London, as well as their tricks and skills that have garnered widespread acclaim, while the second focuses on educating their fans about Premier League clubs while showcasing their incredible acrobatics.
The freestyle pioneers have created a DVD named “Learn Football Freestyle 1,” which contains a collection of their soccer tactics (split into four parts: beginners, intermediate, advanced, and professional) to aid in the development of a successful football player.
The F2 has collaborated with soccer stars such as Eden Hazzard, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Diego Costa, and others.
They are YouTube sensations, with over 5.9 million subscribers to their channel ‘F2Freestylers.’
His Charitable Service
Wingrove raises funds and awareness for the Prince’s Trust (a UK nonprofit organization) in order to improve the lives of less fortunate young people through their numerous projects.
William is married to Katie and the couple has two children, Amelia Iris and Roman.
Wingrove has appeared in TV commercials as a body double for Messi, as well as Fernando Torres, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Alessando Del Piero. He appeared in commercials for O2, Disney, Sky Sports, Barclaycard, and others, as well as a Coca-Cola commercial starring Wayne Rooney in mid-2000.
The F2duo designed the ‘Rascal’ range of clothing and accessories, which features the most comfortable and customized sportswear.
They also intend to establish soccer schools.
On his Sony Europe Tour in 2012, Billy showcased his talents to film professionals at the ‘Power of Images’ event in Central London.
\Wingrove has worked as a football coach and coordinated photo sessions for the Nike sports brand as well as the Pro Evolution Soccer (Winning Eleven) videogame franchise.
Estimated Net worth
Billy is one of the wealthiest soccer players and one of the most popular. Billy Wingrove’s net worth is estimated to be $50.73 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.