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Who is John McGinn? The captain leading Aston Villa to European glory, and Why does John McGinn do his celebration?



Who is John McGinn? The captain leading Aston Villa to European glory

Everything you need to know about Aston Villa’s captain John McGinn from his stats to his footballing family life.


Aston Villa and McGinn have been a match made in heaven since the midfielder joined the club.


In his first season, the Scotsman guided the club back to the Premier League after a three-year absence.


Now, under the guidance of Unai Emery, Villa are on the brink of Champions League football and is still in the Europa Conference League.


With success looking like it is just around the corner at Villa Park, here is everything you need to know about the man leading the club on the field.


How old is John McGinn?

Born October 18, 1994, McGinn is 29 years of age at the time of writing. This leaves the midfielder plenty of time to keep his Villa career going.


Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Pau Torres of Aston Villa celebrates with Ollie Watkins and John McGinn of Aston Villa after scoring the team’s first goal to equalise during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)



Where was he born?

McGinn was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Clydebank. He attended St. Columba’s High School.


What is his height?

McGinn stands at 1.78m which equates to 5’10”.


Does John McGinn have a wife?

At the time of writing, McGinn is not married. However, he has been engaged to his long-term partner Sara Stokes since December 2022.


What is John McGinn’s family life?

John McGinn is the third of four siblings in his family. The midfielder has two older brothers who both went into football.


Both Stephen and Paul McGinn have enjoyed decent careers in England and Scotland. Both still play football for Falkirk and Motherwell.


John McGinn also has a twin sister, Katie.


Aston Villa v Everton FC – Premier League

How much did Aston Villa buy John McGinn for?

After starting his career at St. Mirren, he then moved to Hibernian where he spent three seasons at the Edinburgh club.


McGinn then moved to Villa as they entered their third season in the Championship.


It was reported that the Birmingham side spent around £3 million for his services.


What is his best Aston Villa goal?


The standout goal in his Aston Villa career so far was in fact his first for the club. Back in the Championship, Villa took on Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park.


McGinn opened the scoreline after 53 minutes with a sensational,


swerving 25-yard volley that crashed off the underside of the bar and into the net. Sadly, Villa went on to lose the game 2-1.


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How many goals has John McGinn scored for Scotland?

Making his debut in 2016, McGinn has collected 62 caps for Scotland so far in his career.


His first goal for his country came in 2019 in a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Russia.


McGinn has now scored a total of 18 goals for Scotland, his last coming against Norway in November 2023.


Why does John McGinn do his celebration?

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on December 09, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)



Aston Villa v Arsenal FC – Premier League

Each time McGinn scores he pulls out a celebration where he makes goggles with his hands over his eyes.


However, his has a deeper meaning. It is confirmed that the celebration is to support his young nephew Jack, who needs to wear eye protectors in football due to his poor eyesight.


What is his contract situation?

McGinn signed a new contract in June 2023 committing his long-term future to the club.


Villa confirmed this was a four-year deal, meaning he is contracted until 2027.


Salary Sport estimates that the midfielder earns £75k a year or £3.9 million a year.


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