Craig Douglas Bellamy (born 13 July 1979) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward.
Born in Cardiff, Bellamy began his career with Norwich City, where he made his professional debut in 1996.
He went on to play for Coventry City and Newcastle United in the Premier League, becoming the record signing for the former.
He was relegated in his single season with Coventry before achieving two top-four finishes during his four years with Newcastle.
Bellamy fell out with manager Graeme Souness in 2005 and spent the latter part of the 2004–05 season on loan at Celtic, where he won the Scottish Cup.
Bellamy returned to the Premier League later that year, playing one season at both Blackburn Rovers, where he was named the club's player of the year, and Liverpool.
In 2007 he signed for West Ham United but injury disrupted his time there and in 2009 he joined Manchester City.
For the 2010–11 season, Bellamy dropped a division to the Championship to represent his boyhood club Cardiff City on a season-long loan.
He helped Cardiff reach the playoffs before they were defeated in the semi-finals.
Bellamy returned to Liverpool the following season before rejoining Cardiff City permanently in 2012.
He later led them to the Premier League; it was the first time in fifty years that Cardiff had played in the top tier of English football.
He played one more season with the club in the Premier League, setting a new record by scoring for his seventh different club in the division, before retiring from playing in 2014.
Having represented Wales at several youth levels, in 1998 at the age of 18, Bellamy made his senior debut for Wales against Jamaica.
Over the next fifteen years, Bellamy gained 78 caps for his country and scored 19 goals.
He was the Wales captain from 2007 to 2011, when he stepped down from the role due to injuries.
Bellamy retired from international football following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
He was also a member of the Great Britain Olympic team at the 2012 Olympics in London, appearing five times and scoring once.
A controversial character, Bellamy was involved in numerous high-profile incidents during his career and was described by Bobby Robson as "the gobbiest footballer I've ever met".
Outside football, he has been a patron of several charities and started his own organisation, The Craig Bellamy Foundation, in Sierra Leone to provide schooling and football coaching to disadvantaged children.