Ricardo “bibi” Gardner is no doubt was of Jamaica’s most talented football players that came through the national system.
The 35 year old international “baller” started out his youth career at the young tender age of 14 years (1992) old playing in the Harbour View youth system. Between 1997 and 1998, he moved up to the senior team and played for the year during which he made 10 appearances and scored 2 goals.
He would continue playing for the team until at which point he made the big move to English Premier league side Bolton Wanders in 1998. At the time Bolton was a Championship league team, but Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner would help them win promotion to the Premier league.
For the next 14 years Bolton would play in the premier league and “Bibi” would become an integral part of the team. In fact, he played in the midfield and in defense and it was a joy to watch him play year after year for a Bolton Wanders team lead by “Big Sam” …Sam Allardyce who was the manager at the time.
Sam would leave the team in 2007. During his tenure, “Bibi” made 347 appearances and scored 21 goals. He also enjoy a stellar career with Jamaican national side from 1997 – 2013 and made at total of 112 appearances.
He was also a member of the historic 1998 world cup team which earn the sentimental name “reggae boyz.”
In the video above, he is being honored by CVM TV and is sharing some of his past experiences as a young footballer and a professional. Former national representative Walter “Blacka” Boyd and former national coach Carl Brown share their input. Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner has truly set the trend for the young and upcoming players as someone who they can look up to and say to themselves…”I want to be like “Bibi”, if he can do it, I can do it too.”
Nuff respeck to the “baller” who went out into the world of professional football, did his thing, came back to the land he love…and is still the same easy going, down to earth ” Bibi” Gardner. We are so proud of you Respeck…