The defender rose through the youth ranks as a prodigy at Gillingham and later Chelsea, before making his first-team debut in 2006.
Although he struggled to secure regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge over the next nine years, despite being part of their famous Champions League-winning side, his loan stint during the 2014-15 season with Southampton turned into a permanent switch.
Here are the other sporting stars who are celebrating:
1931: Billy Bingham, former Northern Ireland manager (85).
1955: John Whitaker (equestrian), Olympic silver medal winner (61).
1960: Kevin Darley, former champion flat jockey (56).
1968: Oleg Luzhny, former Arsenal and Ukraine defender (48).
1973: Justin Marshall, former All Blacks, Leeds and Saracens scrum-half (43).
1974: Antoine Sibierski, former Manchester City, Newcastle, Wigan and Norwich midfielder (42).
1978: Michael Bridges, former Sunderland and Leeds striker (38).
1979: David Healy, former Northern Ireland striker (37).
1980: Wayne Bridge, former England, Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton defender (36).
1986: Paula Creamer (golf) – LPGA professional, nicknamed the Pink Panther (30).
1988: Federica Pellegrini, world record-breaking Italian swimmer (28).
1988: Michael Jamieson (swimming) – Scottish Olympic and Commonwealth Games silver medal winner (28).
1991: Andreas Weimann, Derby’s Austrian striker, born 1991 (25).
1991: Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber’s Mexican F1 driver (25).
1947: Ken Dryden, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario (69)
1962: Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP), born in Dayton, Ohio (54)
1977: Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer (39)
1979: Robin Peterson, South African cricketer (37)
1981: Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer (35)
1985: Antonio Valencia, Manchester United and Ecuador football player (31).
Celebrating his 39th birthday today, Tom Brady will certainly go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
Since being drafted back in 2000, the American hasn’t looked back.
He boasts an impressive CV with a number of accolades including four Super Bowls, his most recent being last year. He also picked up the Super Bowl MVP on three occasions and two league MVPs in 2007 and 2010.
Today, he sits fifth in the all-time standings for career passing yards (58,028) and third in touchdown passes (428).
He was part of the team that set a new record of 21 consecutive wins in 2003-04 and led the Patriots to their first undefeated regular season three years later.
Records continued to tumble, including being the first unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
1952: Osvaldo Ardiles, ex-Tottenham midfielder and Argentina World Cup winner (64).
1974: Michael Gray, former England footballer who played for Blackburn and Wolverhampton Wanderers (42).
1984: Ryan Lochte, multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medal winner (32).
1985: Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealander rugby player and World Cup winner (31).