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    Bologna prodigy Wisdom Amey makes historic Serie A debut aged just 15 to become youngest ever in Italian football

    IT was the briefest of cameos, but gave us a look into the future.With time running down, Sinisa Mihajlovic looked towards his Bologna bench as his side trailed Genoa 2-0 at home to offer fans hope for times ahead.
    Wisdom Amey, 15, has become Serie A’s youngest ever debutant against GenoaCredit: EPA
    Wisdom Amey was introduced to proceedings in the 89th minute to make his debut at just 15 years and 274 days.
    The talented centre back is said to be one for the future, so this fleeting appearance was merely just a runout for experience.
    But the defender, who is now Serie A’s youngest ever debutant, showed no fear as he got to grips with the rigours of top flight Italian football.
    And this is just the beginning.
    RECORD BREAKER
    Two weeks before his record breaking Bologna bow, Amey wrote on Instagram, ‘Believe in it, do it, make it real’.
    And he certainly did all of those things when he entered the fray for Takehiro Tomiyasu with a minute plus four minutes of stoppage time.
    Amey, who doesn’t turn 16 until August, surpassed former Roma player Amadeo Amadei from 1937 and former Genoa player Pietro Pellegri, who had equalled the record in 2016 to become youngest ever Serie A player.
    “He responded well, I’m happy with my choice,” Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia after the game.
    And he was joined by 16-year-old midfielder Kacper Urbanski, who was also given his chance as the Serbian manager looked towards next season.
    Amey appeared alongside Kacper Urbanski, 16, who also made his Bologna debutCredit: Rex
    Focused Amey showed no fear as he entered the fray in the 89th minuteCredit: Rex
    “Amey and Urbanski entered very well, they weren’t afraid, I’m happy to have thrown them into the fray,” Mihajlovic added.
    COMMANDING PRESENCE
    Immediately, Bologna fans would’ve been struck by his hulking presence.
    Standing at 6ft 1in, Amey is no shrinking violet on the pitch.
    And former Watford coach Luca Vigiani has sung his praises to Mihajlovic – insisting the youngster’s size and athleticism means he is already first team ready.
    Amey has starred this campaign for Bologna’s U17 team under Vigiani.
    “He is a centre-back with considerable physical power,” Vigiani said.
    “He has good technique and concentration. We already consider him an adult.”
    Standing at 6ft 1in tall, Amey is a commanding presence at the backCredit: Alamy
    Amey has been a standout for Bologna’s U17 team this campaign
    Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic, who handed Amey his debut, has been credited for giving AC Milan’s brilliant keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a chanceCredit: Getty
    JOURNEY TO BOLOGNA
    Amey was born in Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, to a Togolese father and Nigerian mother in 2005.
    His journey to Bologna hasn’t been straight-forward.
    First, he began his youth career with Serie C side Bassano Virtus, before moving to Vicenza in 2018.

    A year later he moved to Bologna, where he is now thriving.
    Famously, Mihajlovic gave a debut to goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma when he was just 16 during his stint at AC Milan in 2015-16, and has been praised for giving youth a chance.
    If Amey impresses as much as Donnarumma has, he’s sure to have a stellar career in Serie A.
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    Inside Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s unique coaching methods that have led Blues to FA Cup and Champions League finals

    FORGET ground control, Major Thom is more interested in ball control.Chelsea’s militant boss Thomas Tuchel, 47, has only been with the Blues since late January, but already he’s got his players marching to the sound of his beat.
    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has transformed the Blues with his unique training methodsCredit: Getty
    The German has led the Premier League giants to both FA Cup and Champions League finals, and the club sit pretty in the top four.
    Tuchel’s coaching methods that showcase his forward-thinking talents have improved his charges physically, technically and mentally.
    And even a Carlsberg ad has aided Chelsea’s season.
    BALL CONTROL
    In his early training sessions, the ex-PSG manager was keen to see his new players’ technique and control of the ball.
    Something he implemented from his early days in the Bundesliga, Tuchel had Mason Mount and Co playing with a size 1 Nike ball during a drill.
    Tuchel’s reasoning behind it is that playing with a smaller ball improves a players’ first touch and makes passing more accurate.
    Later on in those sessions, the regular size 5 ball was reintroduced – but coaches brought in smaller goals to make finishing harder.
    Under Tuchel, Chelsea have moved the ball much faster in the final third – which can be credited to this coaching drill.
    Chelsea’s stars get to grips with size 1 footballsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The idea is to try and improve players’ control and accuracy with the ballCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    When the size 5 footballs were reintroduced, the goals were shrunk for the Blues playersCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    GOALKEEPER TRAINING
    While many goalkeeping coaches around the world insist on sharpening reflexes or improving footwork, at Chelsea things are a little different.
    Tuchel wants his goalies to be dominant in his box and demands they are a physical presence.
    Luckily for him, Edouard Mendy stands at 6ft 6in and is already an intimidating sight for opposition forwards.
    But, to bulk him and Kepa Arrizabalaga up, a rucking shield as used by rugby stars has been introduced.
    As the keepers jump in the air to claim catches, coach Petr Cech is on hand to shove a rucking shield into their bodies.
    There is method in the madness with the goalkeepers improving their physicality and becoming able to deal with obstacles, especially from set pieces, in congested penalty areas.
    Coach Petr Cech shoves a rucking shield into Edouard Mendy’s body as he catches the ballCredit: Getty
    Kepa Arrizabalaga is put through his paces on the training ground in CobhamCredit: Getty
    MIND GAMES
    While Tuchel wants his players to be perfect technically and physically, psychology has also played a part in Chelsea’s astonishing run.
    They’ve become harder to beat and are much more resilient than under previous coach Frank Lampard.
    In the 30 games before his arrival this season, Chelsea conceded 27 goals. In the 24 games since, they’ve conceded just 11 – and the stat would be much better if it wasn’t for their freak 5-2 loss to West Brom.
    He’s also installed a mentality in his players that they shouldn’t fear anyone. How has he done it? With the help of a Carlsberg ad.
    Recently, Tuchel brought his players into Cobham for, what they thought, was a video analysis talk.
    Instead, they were surprised to see an advert featuring a cinema packed full of Hell’s Angels made ten years ago by the Danish beer giants.
    Chelsea stars exchanged quizzical looks as they watched a series of couples enter the cinema to be confronted by the unsettling audience, with only two seats available right in the middle of the bikers.
    Some turned away immediately, visibly put off from taking a seat in among the 148-strong menacing audience, who were all staring at them as they walked into the auditorium.
    A Carlsberg ad featuring intimidating Hell’s Angels bikers has inspired Chelsea’s stars mentally
    In the ad, a fearless couple sit next to the bikers and are cheered by them

    But those who did take their seats were greeted with cheers, applause and a bottle of the drink – as the advert-makers proved a point of showing how people should not be frightened of situations.
    Tuchel also made a point of telling his players they needed to be brave – and not scared of any situation or team who confronts them.
    OPPOSITION TRICKS
    Even mathematical genius Alan Turing wouldn’t be able to crack this German’s code.
    As we reported, Tuchel has come up with a clever ‘secret’ trick to fool Chelsea’s opponents during games.
    He tells players to use code words when they attack, so that his men know where to run when they are going forward — and who to aim for.
    It is a system that includes a group of these key ‘triggers’ to let Blues stars know what side they will go down, whether the ball is put in high or low and even if it is long or short.
    One baffled rival told SunSport: “You have no idea what’s going on but they know exactly what they are doing.
    Tuchel has taught his players a special code to communicate with each other on the pitchCredit: Getty
    Chelsea’s stars can baffle the opposition when they talk with one another on the pitchCredit: Rex

    “It just makes the attacks quicker and more deadly because sometimes a guy passing does not even have to look up to know where the runner will be.
    “They use different words all the time too, so you can’t even work it out during the game.”
    AN INNOVATOR
    In the past, Tuchel has continued to invigorate his stars with innovative training methods designed to improve them as players.
    In Germany, his unique approach was famous among those who worked under him.
    At Borussia Dortmund, he would get his side to play on pitches with no width or no depth.
    Tuchel’s unique methods on the training pitch are famousCredit: Getty
    At Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel would get his side to play on pitches with no width or no depth.Credit: Rex Features

    Often, he forced players to take extra touches with their knees or made defenders carry tennis balls to stop them grabbing other players’ shirts.
    And when he wanted more centralised attacks, he cut the corners off the training pitch to make the final third into a triangle.
    You might call his methods bizarre, but they’re certainly getting results. And you won’t see any Chelsea fans complaining if they end the season victorious.
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    The amazing homes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Beckham, but which footballer owns the most expensive property?

    THE life of an A-list footballer is one filled with luxury.The likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have earned fortunes from the game – splashing the cash on some stunning homes.
    David Beckham has a plush pad with wife Victoria Beckham in central LondonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    But which footballer has the most expensive house and how much is it worth?
    Join SunSport for the definitive countdown as we give you the most expensive footballers’ homes.
    7. John Terry, £5m
    In 2014, JT  sold his pad in Surrey to Omani royals for an incredible £16m – making a tidy £10million profit.
    But what John bought next was equally as impressive, and literally next door to where he previously resided.
    He splashed £4.35m on Colin Montgomerie’s former home after initially renting it.
    The property has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, four receptions rooms and a two-bedroom staff annex.
    He has since added an astro-turf pitch, which has boosted the property’s value to £5million.
    All in all, JT boasts a property empire worth around £47million – with his latest venture in knocking down Tandem House in the area and turning it into two homes.
    John Terry sold his previous home for £16mCredit: Reuters
    JT’s new pad, with his former mansion with red brick walls on the right of it in this picture
    6. Nicky Butt, £5.5m
    The former Manchester United star is quids in with the sale of this property.
    Butt did live in a stunning luxury pad complete with an indoor swimming pool and a cinema room in an exclusive area of Greater Manchester.
    However, he just recently sold the six bedroom house for a whopping £5.5million.

    And the buyer is in for a treat with a luxury pad complete with an indoor swimming pool and a cinema room.

    Nicky Butt has sold his £5.5m mansion after two years on he market

    The home boasts an amazing cinema room
    The swimming pool completes the luxurious picture
    5. Lionel Messi, £6m
    Boasting sea views and being in a no-fly zone, Messi’s abode – valued at £5.5milion – in Barcelona offers a tranquil experience.
    Located in the exclusive suburb of Castelldefels, it’s the perfect spot for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to reside.
    Just 12 miles away from the Camp Nou, Messi’s home has a small football pitch, a swimming pool, an indoor gym and a playground for his three children.

    Close friend Luiz Suarez used to live nearby while Philippe Coutinho still does, should a team debriefing be needed.

    The Messis live in a stunning mansion in the exclusive suburb of CastelldefelsCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88

    The home boasts a stunning and spacious loungeCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88

    Messi has a room dedicated to a collection of shirts in his home

    Messi often plays football in his garden with his Dogue de Bordeaux called HulkCredit: Instagram @leomessi
    4. Cristiano Ronaldo, £8m
    In 2018, Ronaldo moved to Juventus.
    And he needed a house that was fit for the new king of Turin.

    His current digs feature two adjoining villas found on a private road guarded by security, which leads to an entrance gate.

    The villas themselves have separate entrances, and are surrounded by lush gardens and vegetation.

    Ronaldo is believed to have fallen in love with the home because of its similarities with his Madrid property.

    There’s a state-of-the-art gym that he and former shop assistant Georgina love to use together. And there’s also a swimming pool, which Ronaldo cools down in by doing a few laps following a strenuous session lifting weights.

    The property is so high up, ‘it’s as if Turin were at the feet of CR7, a tribute of the city to the long-awaited and newly-arrived champion,’ La Gazzetta dello Sport reported at the time of purchase.

    Ronaldo’s home in Turin features two adjoining villasCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo relaxes on one of the many terracesCredit: AFP or licensors

    The property boasts amazing views of the city of TurinCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo has found a place to sunbathe in his current Italian homeCredit: Instagram / @cristiano

    The property boasts plenty of space for the whole Ronaldo familyCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo relaxes in one of the many lounge areas of the homeCredit: Refer to Caption
    3. Kaka, £9m
    The Brazilian great may be retired, but if he’s looking to put his feet up at his luxury pad in Madrid then he may have a fight on his hands.
    Kaka bought this gem, which is situated near Ronaldo’s in the city’s exclusive La Finca area, for £6.4m.
    Since moving to the MLS, Kaka has rented the house out to Gareth Bale for a cool £16k a month and it’s unlikely that the Welshman will hand the keys back willingly.
    The brainchild of leading designer Joaquin Torres, this 16,000 square foot home is built on two-storeys.
    It also has a private indoor pool and a gym. Should Bale return to Spain after his loan move to Spurs, at least he goes back to a home he loves.
    Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos is a neighbour. Even their boss Zinedine Zidane lives nearby.
    Kaka bought this beauty before heading to the MLSCredit: Instagram
    Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007 – the last person other than Ronaldo or Messi to take home the awardCredit: Reuters
    Gareth Bale currently rents this Madrid home off KakaCredit: Getty – Contributor
    2. Wayne Rooney, £20m
    Worth around £20million, Rooney’s home has been nicknamed the Morrisons mansion, because it’s so big it looks like a superstore.
    The stately Cheshire pile boasts a garage with his collection of cars, a cinema, swimming pool, and even two man-made fishing lakes.
    Most recently, the Derby County boss laid down a full-size artificial pitch in his back garden – complete with a seating area.
    It was former horse riding arena, but Rooney didn’t need that.
    Instead, he built a brand new pitch with its own dugouts and changing rooms.
    Planners at East Cheshire Council ruled Rooney’s revised plans “onside”after there were no objections from neighbours.
    It also has huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion, a hot tub, plunge pool, steam room and “his” or “hers” changing rooms.
    Wayne Rooney built his Cheshire home from scratchCredit: PA:Press Association
    Wayne Rooney’s huge football pitch has been builtCredit: Google
    The Rooneys’ new Cheshire home has been mocked for “looking like a Morrisons”Credit: The Mega Agency
    1. David Beckham, £39.5m
    Reportedly worth £339m, Becks can have any home he wants.
    So, it’s no surprise that the former Man United star tops our list with his stunning London abode.
    Bought for an incredible £31.5m in 2013, they added £8m worth of refurbishment on to the property value over the next 3 years.
    It has eight bedrooms, two dressing rooms, a catwalk style runway fit for any fashionista, a playroom, gym, spa and a salon-style room.
    Neighbours include Robbie Williams, Simon Cowell and Elton John, so he’s in good company.
    David Beckham spent an extra £8m renovating his £31.5m homeCredit: Rex Features
    David Beckham tops the property list for footballersCredit: Getty – Contributor More

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    Inside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards’ A-list life in £4million Cheshire home as they reveal baby news

    IT’S official!Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his Little Mix girlfriend Perrie Edwards have revealed they are expecting their first baby together.
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards have revealed they are expecting a babyCredit: Instagram
    The pair took to Instagram to share a photo of the singer’s growing bumpCredit: Instagram
    The pair took to Instagram to share a photo of the singer’s growing bump, as well as a sweet snap of the two in a loving clench.
    “Anyone got any advice on how to change nappies?” he captioned the photo.
    “So grateful and excited to become a dad. Bring on the sleepless nights.”
    They reportedly began dating in 2016 and live together in a £4million home in Cheshire on the same street as legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
    And they’ve been happy to share their superstar lifestyle on social media to their millions of followers.
    WHAT A LIFE
    When you have a lovely home, of course you’re going to show it off on social media.
    And in the past year, Perrie and Alex have had three!
    During the first lockdown, the pair were happy to reveal a property they previously lived in in the north and the luxury they had become used to.
    The hot couple showed a penchant for dance, when they performed a hilarious TikTok routine and posted it on Instagram.
    Then, the Ox posted pics online enjoying his former home’s amenities – a pool and a relaxing jacuzzi.
    They’ve been happy to share their lifestyle on social media to their millions of followersCredit: Refer to Caption
    In the last year, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards have shared three propertiesCredit: Refer to Caption
    The two have a Surrey property that they have been renovatingCredit: Refer to Caption
    Oxlade-Chamberlain is used to living a life of luxuryCredit: Instagram
    Edwards and Oxlade-Chamberlain regularly share their life on social mediaCredit: Instagram
    But in August last year, the Ox and his pop star missus splashed £4m on a mansion on a private road in Wimslow, Cheshire – just a few doors away from Manchester United legend Fergie.
    However, the two have kept that one private for now.
    Alex and Perrie also have ANOTHER house in Surrey, which they’ve been renovating.
    NICE CAR
    Over the years, Oxlade-Chamberlain – who pockets around £120,000-a-week – has enjoyed driving some fine motors.
    Most recently, we’ve seen him with a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon that has a starting price of £90,000.
    The England star has also been seen behind the wheel of a Range Rover Autobiography worth £100,000 and driving into training in a £264,000 Rolls-Royce.
    With a new baby on the way, he may soon be investing in a more roomy SUV.
    Perrie also passed her driving test last year, so it’ll be a car they could share.
    The loved-up pair are often seen on the red carpet togetherCredit: Splash News
    Oxlade-Chamberlain poses with a £90,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon
    Perrie Edwards celebrates passing her driving licence in 2020
    AMAZING HOLIDAYS
    Last summer, Alex and Perrie put coronavirus worries aside to enjoy a luxury holiday in Ibiza.
    They took a private jet to the island on a no-expenses spared trip and were joined by his brother, Christian.
    There they rented a boat, with the Ox representing by wearing a retro Liverpool jersey.
    Alex also enjoyed some watersports on a flyboard, while soaking up some rays with his beloved.
    Of course, there was an obligatory swimwear pic of the pair too.
    Loved-up Alex and Perrie enjoyed a no-expenses spared trip to Ibiza last summerCredit: Instagram / @perrieedwards
    Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed some watersports on a flyboardCredit: Instagram
    Liverpool star Oxlade-Chamberlain also represented his club on board a private boat
    HIS INJURY HELL
    Like his time at Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain has had his career at Liverpool blighted by injury.
    Edwards has nursed him to health, while he’s suffered two long-term problems, including a cruciate ligament rupture in 2018 and a knee injury in 2020.
    He has returned back to full fitness, but has been unable to force his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

    Recently, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move away from Anfield.
    Reports suggest Liverpool will accept £17million for the 27-year-old they bought for £35million from Arsenal.
    Should he move down south, at least he will have a lovely home he can settle in.
    In happier times with Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlain has won the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Two serious injuries have left Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career at Liverpool in tattersCredit: PA:Press Association
    With Perrie by his side, what will the Ox do next?Credit: Instagram / @perrieedwards More

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    The amazing homes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Beckham, but which footballer’s property is most expensive?

    THE life of an A-list footballer is one that’s filled with luxury.The likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have earned fortunes from the game – splashing the cash on some stunning homes.
    David Beckham has a plush pad with wife Victoria Beckham in central LondonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    But which footballer has the most expensive house and how much is it worth?
    Join SunSport for the definitive countdown as we give you the most expensive footballers’ homes.
    7. John Terry, £5m
    In 2014, JT  sold his pad in Surrey to Omani royals for an incredible £16m – making a tidy £10million profit.
    But what John bought next was equally as impressive, and literally next door to where he previously resided.
    He splashed £4.35m on Colin Montgomerie’s former home after initially renting it.
    The property has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, four receptions rooms and a two-bedroom staff annex.
    He has since added an astro-turf pitch, which has boosted the property’s value to £5million.
    All in all, JT boasts a property empire worth around £47million – with his latest venture in knocking down Tandem House in the area and turning it into two homes.
    John Terry sold his previous home for £16mCredit: Reuters
    JT’s new pad, with his former mansion with red brick walls on the right of it in this picture
    6. Nicky Butt, £5.5m
    The former Manchester United star is quids in with the sale of this property.
    Butt did live in a stunning luxury pad complete with an indoor swimming pool and a cinema room in an exclusive area of Greater Manchester.
    However, he just recently sold the six bedroom house for a whopping £5.5million.

    And the buyer is in for a treat with a luxury pad complete with an indoor swimming pool and a cinema room.

    Nicky Butt has sold his £5.5m mansion after two years on he market

    The home boasts an amazing cinema room
    The swimming pool completes the luxurious picture
    5. Lionel Messi, £6m
    Boasting sea views and being in a no-fly zone, Messi’s abode – valued at £5.5milion – in Barcelona offers a tranquil experience.
    Located in the exclusive suburb of Castelldefels, it’s the perfect spot for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to reside.
    Just 12 miles away from the Camp Nou, Messi’s home has a small football pitch, a swimming pool, an indoor gym and a playground for his three children.

    Close friend Luiz Suarez used to live nearby while Philippe Coutinho still does, should a team debriefing be needed.

    The Messis live in a stunning mansion in the exclusive suburb of CastelldefelsCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88

    The home boasts a stunning and spacious loungeCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88

    Messi has a room dedicated to a collection of shirts in his home

    Messi often plays football in his garden with his Dogue de Bordeaux called HulkCredit: Instagram @leomessi
    4. Cristiano Ronaldo, £8m
    In 2018, Ronaldo moved to Juventus.
    And he needed a house that was fit for the new king of Turin.

    His current digs feature two adjoining villas found on a private road guarded by security, which leads to an entrance gate.

    The villas themselves have separate entrances, and are surrounded by lush gardens and vegetation.

    Ronaldo is believed to have fallen in love with the home because of its similarities with his Madrid property.

    There’s a state-of-the-art gym that he and former shop assistant Georgina love to use together. And there’s also a swimming pool, which Ronaldo cools down in by doing a few laps following a strenuous session lifting weights.

    The property is so high up, ‘it’s as if Turin were at the feet of CR7, a tribute of the city to the long-awaited and newly-arrived champion,’ La Gazzetta dello Sport reported at the time of purchase.

    Ronaldo’s home in Turin features two adjoining villasCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo relaxes on one of the many terracesCredit: AFP or licensors

    The property boasts amazing views of the city of TurinCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo has found a place to sunbathe in his current Italian homeCredit: Instagram / @cristiano

    The property boasts plenty of space for the whole Ronaldo familyCredit: Instagram

    Ronaldo relaxes in one of the many lounge areas of the homeCredit: Refer to Caption
    3. Kaka, £9m
    The Brazilian great may be retired, but if he’s looking to put his feet up at his luxury pad in Madrid then he may have a fight on his hands.
    Kaka bought this gem, which is situated near Ronaldo’s in the city’s exclusive La Finca area, for £6.4m.
    Since moving to the MLS, Kaka has rented the house out to Gareth Bale for a cool £16k a month and it’s unlikely that the Welshman will hand the keys back willingly.
    The brainchild of leading designer Joaquin Torres, this 16,000 square foot home is built on two-storeys.
    It also has a private indoor pool and a gym. Should Bale return to Spain after his loan move to Spurs, at least he goes back to a home he loves.
    Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos is a neighbour. Even their boss Zinedine Zidane lives nearby.
    Kaka bought this beauty before heading to the MLSCredit: Instagram
    Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007 – the last person other than Ronaldo or Messi to take home the awardCredit: Reuters
    Gareth Bale currently rents this Madrid home off KakaCredit: Getty – Contributor
    2. Wayne Rooney, £20m
    Worth around £20million, Rooney’s home has been nicknamed the Morrisons mansion, because it’s so big it looks like a superstore.
    The stately Cheshire pile boasts a garage with his collection of cars, a cinema, swimming pool, and even two man-made fishing lakes.
    Most recently, the Derby County boss laid down a full-size artificial pitch in his back garden – complete with a seating area.
    It was former horse riding arena, but Rooney didn’t need that.
    Instead, he built a brand new pitch with its own dugouts and changing rooms.
    Planners at East Cheshire Council ruled Rooney’s revised plans “onside”after there were no objections from neighbours.
    It also has huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion, a hot tub, plunge pool, steam room and “his” or “hers” changing rooms.
    Wayne Rooney built his Cheshire home from scratchCredit: PA:Press Association
    Wayne Rooney’s huge football pitch has been builtCredit: Google
    The Rooneys’ new Cheshire home has been mocked for “looking like a Morrisons”Credit: The Mega Agency
    1. David Beckham, £39.5m
    Reportedly worth £339m, Becks can have any home he wants.
    So, it’s no surprise that the former Man United star tops our list with his stunning London abode.
    Bought for an incredible £31.5m in 2013, they added £8m worth of refurbishment on to the property value over the next 3 years.
    It has eight bedrooms, two dressing rooms, a catwalk style runway fit for any fashionista, a playroom, gym, spa and a salon-style room.
    Neighbours include Robbie Williams, Simon Cowell and Elton John, so he’s in good company.
    David Beckham spent an extra £8m renovating his £31.5m homeCredit: Rex Features
    David Beckham tops the property list for footballersCredit: Getty – Contributor More

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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s amazing car collection worth £17m after splashing out on limited edition Ferrari Monza worth £1.4m

    CRISTIANO RONALDO has not let coronavirus dampen his love of cars.The Juventus superstar, who reportedly splurged £8.5million on a limited edition Bugatti Centodieci – of which only ten have been made, has added another addition to his incredible car collection.
    Ronaldo is believed to be one of 10 people lucky enough to buy the incredible new Bugatti Centodieci, which costs £8.5m
    The amazing new Bugatti will be delivered to customers next yearCredit: Bugatti

    Ronaldo has reportedly spent £1.4m on an amazing Ferrari MonzaCredit: Alamy
    Ronaldo, 36, was spotted taking a tour of Ferrari’s Maranello company, where he posed for a picture with a F1 car and ordered himself a Ferrari Monza worth £1.4million.
    That puts his car collection now at a staggering £17million – with Bugattis being his favourite.
    Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has a Bugatti Chiron and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse as part of his huge hoard.
    He has ‘CR7’ embroidered on the headrests of his other two Bugattis.
    This latest model he bought is believed to be a tribute to the legendary Bugatti EB110 – Centodieci is Italian for 110.
    The Centodieci boasts an 8 litre W16 engine, with special models having 1600hp – some 100hp more than the Chiron and, overall, three times the price of that model.
    It can do 0-62mph in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 236mph.
    The Portuguese superstar has supercars likes Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces, admitting to Piers Morgan in an interview he likes to have two of everything.
    Join SunSport in revelling in just some of Ronaldo’s collection that a £500,000-per-week salary affords.

    MERCEDES G-WAGON BRABUS, £600,000
    What do you buy your boyfriend if he has everything?
    Well if you’re Georgina Rodriguez you get a massive, gift-wrapped Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
    The gorgeous former shop assistant made sure CR7’s had the best 35th birthday ever – gifting him a stunning Mercedes G Wagon Brabus that can cost as much £600,000.
    And the brilliant SUV can reach top speeds of 137mph.
    Cristiano Ronaldo was the lucky recipient of a Mercedes G Wagon Brabus for his 35th birthdayCredit: Instagram @georginagio
    BUGATTI CHIRON, £2.15MILLION
    In 2017, Ronaldo’s need for speed saw the mercurial forward splash the cash on a stunning silver Bugatti Chiron.
    Incredibly, it can reach speeds of 260 mph, and does 0-60 in just under 2.5 seconds, not that Turin will allow him opportunity to drive it that fast with the city’s busy traffic.
    As we said, he likes two of everything – and this was the second Bugatti he bought, although he has denied buying a third  – the Bugatti La Voiture Noire – which was reckoned to be the most expensive car in the world EVER at £9.49million, and was snapped up by a mystery buyer last year.
    The 35-year-old loves posting images of his cars to social media, including the Bugatti ChironCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    BUGATTI VEYRON, £1.7M
    Only 450 Veyron 16.4 Grand Sports were built, so of course Ronaldo wanted a slice of that rarity pie.
    It cost him £1.7m, and will only increase in value as the years go by.
    The Portuguese legend bought the car as a treat after winning Euro 2016 with his country.
    In terms of performance, it does 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds, and has an outer skin completely made of carbon fibre.
    Cristiano Ronaldo poses outside his former Madrid home on his £1.7m Bugatti VeyronCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR, £260,040
    Simply because a Bugatti Veyron won’t fulfil Ronaldo’s love of fast cars, in the same year he bought that motor he splashed on a Lamborghini Aventador.
    Made in 2011, it’s the most celebrated model by the Italian car designer – and owned by footballers all over the world, not scored of the outlandish price.
    Ronaldo celebrated his purchase on Instagram in 2016, with an outlandish picture with the caption: “Bom dia (good morning)”.
    Ronaldo has a matte-black Lamborghini Aventador worth over £200kCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    Ronaldo loves having two of every brand and has a separate LamborghiniCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    ROLLS ROYCE CULLINAN, FROM £330,000
    Last year Ronaldo added a Cullinan to his collection, having previously owned a Rolls Royce Phantom worth around £363,000.
    Showing his loyalty to his new employers, CR7 even personalised the interior with black and white leather.
    Standing at five metres long, the Cullinan boasts a V12 engine and a horse power of 571.
    It is the only SUV Rolls Royce have ever produced.
    Ronaldo will arrive to Turin in style with his Rolls Royce among the collectionCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    CHEVROLET CAMARO, £35,000
    Maybe he learned something from Sir Alex Ferguson about American cars, after all the former Manchester United boss drove a Chevrolet to training when he was Red Devils manager.
    A more economic motor than others in his garage, the Camaro has a 6.2-litre V8 engine that delivers 453 horsepower.
    It’s cheaper than anything else he owns, and was bought in 2016 as a family car.
    Ronaldo arrives at his Madrid home in his white Mustang convertibleCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    FERRARI F12 TDF, £350,000
    In 2017, Ronaldo bought an F12 TDF – another collector’s item with only 799 made in the world.
    It is certainly one of the favourites he owns, and is zippy with a top speed of 211 mph, and capable of doing 0-62 in 2.9 seconds.
    Needless to say, pet-friendly Ronaldo won’t let his pooches in though.
    The Portuguese superstar’s red Ferrari may not be the most appropriate car for his dogsCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    The Ferrari F12 is one of Ronaldo’s favouritesCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    Ronaldo poses on the boot of one of his white FerrarisCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    RANGE ROVER SPORT, £100,000
    A staple for every footballers’ garage, the Range Rover Sport is the ultimate SUV for the rich and famous.
    The model that Ronaldo drives is, of course, is the special edition, SVR.
    It’s Ronaldo’s go-to motor when he drives to the Continassa training ground in Turin.
    Ronaldo’s garage has also includes a giant Range RoverCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    MERCEDES AMG GLE 63, £127,000
    2016 was the year Ronaldo pumped his garage with supercar after supercar.
    His AMG GLE 63 was a gift to himself for Christmas, and some present it is.
    The SUV has a 612 horse power engine, and it can reach a top speed of 155 mph.

    Ronaldo has one of the most impressive car collections in footballCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    MCLAREN SENNA, £1MILLION
    A car made as a dedication to the legendary Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, it would’ve set Ronaldo back around £1million – with only 500 models ever made.
    So enamoured by its performance on Top Gear, former presenter Jeremy Clarkson said of the McLaren Senna it has ‘rewritten the supercar rule book’.
    Powered by a twin-turbo charged V8 engine that produces 800 horse power, it can hit 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
    Mikka Hakinen is another sports star who owns a McLaren Senna.
    Ronaldo’s six years in Manchester saw him take a liking to McLarensCredit: Instagram @cristiano
    BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT, FROM £151,000
    Ronaldo is believed to have started collecting cars from around 2009, when he was a Manchester United star.
    He had a penchant for Bentley Continental GT in those early days, and collected several during his time at Old Trafford.
    Ronaldo’s was the GT Speed model, which was naturally the most expensive version ever.
    The interior was lush, filled with magnolia leather.
    And because it was a convertible, Ronaldo was often spied with the roof down – even in rainy Manchester.

    Ronaldo began to have a collection of supercars during his time at United, including this Bentley convertibleCredit: Cavendish
    Ronaldo’s car collection is now worth well over £6mCredit: Instagram @cristiano
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    Copa America under threat with the coronavirus pandemic still a problem in Argentina and Colombia, who are the co-hosts

    THE Euros is not the only international competition on the horizon. There is also the Copa America, co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia, which is due to take place between June 13th and July 10th.Like the Euros, it was put back from last year after the coronavirus pandemic struck. And with the situation in South America especially bad, the pandemic is still a problem.
    This year’s Copa America might be cancelled yet againCredit: AFP
    In the middle of last month Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez sounded a note of caution, stating that the development of the pandemic would have to be followed closely before it could be confirmed that the competition could go ahead as planned.
    Certainly there would seem no chance of having fans inside the stadiums. Conmebol, the local Uefa equivalent, have been pushing for 30 per cent of stadium capacity, but this now seems wildly optimistic.
    Indeed, any predictions about the Copa are currently looking optimistic – because a fresh problem has emerged.
    When President Fernandez of Argentina was giving voice to his doubts, Colombia’s president Ivan Duque was adamant that the tournament could go ahead.
    The coronavirus situation is bad in his country, too.
    Local authorities in the capital, Bogota, have banned games from taking pace there – so alternative venues hurriedly had to be found for matches in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s Champions League.
    Conmebol hope this will not be a problem come the Copa.
    The organisation has negotiated the delivery of 50,000 doses of vaccine for those involved in international competitions – players, coaching staff, etc, allowing them to believe that the fixture list can be completed.
    Colombian people, already suffering from both health and economic consequences of Covid-19, riot after President Duque introduced a new taxCredit: AFP
    Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez has voiced his doubts that the Copa America can go ahead in his country with the pandemic still a problemCredit: Getty
    But now Colombia has erupted in a wave of social violence.
    President Duque has introduced a new tax, which has not pleased a population suffering from both the health and economic consequences of the pandemic.
    Many took to the streets to protest. 
    The police response was seen as unnecessarily heavy-handed, which had the effect of further inflaming the protests. Over 20 people have lost their lives.
    Last week, then, it was impossible for international matches to go ahead in Colombia, and not because of coronavirus.
    From the point of view of Conmebol, the worst case was that of the visit of Fluminense of Brazil to the Caribbean port of Barranquilla to meet Junior.
    Barranquilla has one of South America’s most impressive stadiums – built for the 1986 World Cup, which ended up not taking place in Colombia.
    It is the home of the Colombian national team, and is the venue for the final of the Copa America on July 10th.
    It was important for Conmebol that this game should go ahead. Fluminense checked with them before making the long journey.
    But once they had reached Barranquilla, it was clear that the match could not go ahead.
    Manchester City-bound Kayky celebrates scoring his first ever Copa Libertadores goal for FluminenseCredit: EPA

    It would have been an extra target for protestors.
    And so, at the last minute, it was switched to Ecuador – where Kaiky, the 17 year old winger who is on his way to Manchester City, scored his first Libertadores goal for Fluminense in a 1-1 draw.
    This, then, was a historic moment for a youngster of great promise. But the fact that it had to happen in Ecuador is very worrying.
    It means that with five weeks to go until the kick off, the venue for the Copa America final was unable to stage an international club game – an extra reason to question whether it is wise to go ahead with the tournament.
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    Fabien Barthez: From World Cup-winner to racing at Le Mans, the extraordinary transformation of the ex-Man Utd stopper

    FABIEN BARTHEZ was one of the most recognised footballers in the world in the late 1990s.His iconic bald head being kissed by French team-mate Laurent Blanc at the 1998 World Cup is a memory that still lives on.
    When Fabien Barthez retired from football he became a racing car driverCredit: AFP – Getty
    F1 legend Olivier Panis and Fabien Barthez have a racing team togetherCredit: AFP – Getty
    Now, the eccentric keeper who, according to Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was a better outfield player, is a racing driver.
    At the age of 36, Barthez took up motorsport professionally in 2008 when he competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup France.
    The following year he entered the French GT Championship, Bioracing Series and the Caterham Sigma Cup France.
    In 2010, Barthez achieved his first podium finish at the FFSA GT Championship in race one at Dijon-Prenois.
    Beginning to excel behind the wheel, he won his first race in the FFSA Series in race two at the Circuito de Navarra a year later.
    He finished a credible seventh in the championship, gaining even more confidence on the track.
    Barthez’s remarkable career transformation hit a high in 2013 when he became French GT Champion, alongside Morgan Moullin-Traffort.
    Then, wanting to test himself further, Barthez entered his first 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2014.
    Fabien Barthez whizzes around the Le Mans track in a Ferrari 458 Italia in 2014Credit: Reuters

    He finished a credible 29th overall and ninth in the LMGTE Am class driving Team Sofrev ASP’s Ferrari 458.
    The transition from footballer to racing fast cars is something that’s always been on the cards for the very private Frenchman, who rarely gives interviews.
    Barthez said: “I have always been fascinated by motorsport, even when I was playing football. It always intrigued me.
    “I wanted to understand what it felt like being in a car.
    “I had to wait until the end of my pro career to try it.
    “That said, it’s not like football: you can still be good even when you are 35, which was my age when I stopped playing.”
    In 2018, Barthez appeared on a French TV documentary called Brothers of Sport on L’Equipe channel.
    Fabien Barthez admits he was fascinated by motorsport during his playing daysCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Bixente Lizarazu interviewed Fabien Barthez for a documentary on l’Equipe called Brothers of Sport and talked about his friends’ new found careerCredit: AFP – Getty
    He recalled having a conversation with former French F1 driver Olivier Panis in 1998 about the possibility of changing careers.
    It was shortly after France won the 1998 World Cup and Barthez was in disbelief about the magnitude of the whole situation.

    Barthez recalled: “I spoke to Olivier during the summer. I asked him if I was a World Cup winning footballer.
    “It all happened so quickly. We had no time to really live in the present. I was asking myself ‘What just happened?’
    “I’m from the generation who were told to profit from our careers, because they were (over) so quickly.
    “And when they’re over, they’re over. That’s my message to the young: profit, because it goes very quickly.”
    The moment he retired, Barthez made good on his promise and started racing cars.
    He set up the team Panis Barthez Competition in 2016 with the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix winner with the aim of racing at Le Mans.
    At the age of 36 Fabien Barthez moved into motorsportCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Fabien Barthez retired from his professional football career at the age of 35Credit: AP:Associated Press
    At the 2017 race, fearless Barthez recorded top speeds of 206mph on the tough Le Mans circuit.
    “I know the course very well. The atmosphere, the spirit,” he said in the documentary.
    “I spent three months learning everything I could. It was a passion that turned into an obsession.
    “It was just like football, in terms of preparing, the way the pressure mounted, you see the ground and the stadium, the pressure mounts, everything came back to me.”
    Sadly, he had to retire from the 2017 competition when his Ligier JS P217 prototype suffered a broken clutch three hours from the end of the race.
    He said: “I tried to get it going again, but then had to abandon it.”
    Referring to the paddock, he said: “It hurts the team. When you come back here, and the guys are down.”
    But he added: “It’s part of the learning process in a very tough race. It’s all part of the whole – heat, small mistakes, punctures.
    Football and racing are comparable in terms of the pressure Fabien Barthez saysCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    The Ligier JS P217 (pictured) broke down on Fabien Barthez at the 2017 Le Mans race
    “We have to analyse. Anyway, it will make us grown.
    “In the meantime, keep your head up and the spirit positive, that’s the way you go forward…It’s about the team, about sharing.
    “That’s my philosophy in sport.”
    And team owner Panis couldn’t fault his commitment and dedication to motorsport either.
    “I have learnt a lot and I am really glad to work with Fabien,” Panis told Omnisport.
    “He is a fantastic driver and it is amazing to see what he has achieved.”
    It’s clear to see, with Panis as his mentor, Barthez can continue to succeed at the highest level of motorsport.
    His achievements on the track add to what has been a glittering sporting career.
    In football, he won two Premier League titles with Man Utd in 2001 and 2003.
    Before that, he tasted victory in the Champions League with Marseille in 1993, and was a Ligue 1 winner twice with Monaco in 1997 and 2000.
    However, his crowning glory came with Les Blues in 1998 when he lifted the World Cup, following it up with the European Championships in 2000.
    It’s clear that Barthez is driven to succeed in whatever he does.
    Like a duck to water, Fabien Barthez has taken to racing with easeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Manchester United won two Premier League titles with Fabien Barthez between the sticksCredit: Reuters
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