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    Juventus legend Del Piero’s amazing LA life rubbing shoulders with Johnny Depp and living in a Bel Air mansion

    WHAT a life!Alessandro Del Piero, now 47, holds legendary status in Italy as a member of the Azzuri’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad.
    Alessandro Del Piero now lives in Los Angeles since retiring from the game
    He also won multiple titles with Juventus, including six Serie A championships and the Champions League in 1996.
    But, after all that hard work, Del Piero is now happily living a life of luxury in Los Angeles.
    ‘Pinturicchio’, as he was affectionately nicknamed by former Juve owner Gianni Agnelli, today rubs shoulders with A-list Hollywood stars.
    In 2018, he splashed £4.7m on a luxurious home in Bel Air and lives near Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez and Rod Stewart.
    He also opened a trendy Italian restaurant in West Hollywood called No.10, where he can often be found propping up the bar.
    And in 2019, United Premier Soccer League team LA10 FC proudly revealed that Del Piero has been their secret investor.
    If that’s not enough, he has three football academies in the States – two in LA, one in New York.
    Del Piero clearly loves hanging with the elite, and LA is just the place to do that.
    ‘Alex’ is in his element when he’s posing with new pals like Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Depp and Dita Von Teese.
    In Hollywood, Del Piero is making friends in high places like Johnny Depp
    Julia Roberts has also posed for a snap with starstruck Del PieroCredit:
    Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese visited Del Piero’s restaurant No.10Credit:

    Del Piero lives in a modern 5,300-square-foot mansion that sits on a hill and has views of the ocean, rolling hills and the Getty Museum.
    It’s got five bedrooms, six bathrooms and when you enter the property you walk into a hall that has a 20-foot high ceiling.
    There’s a dining room with a chandelier hanging from the top, a family room, a cinema room and private balcony joined to the master suite.
    Outside, you have a luscious garden, as well as a pool and a spa.
    The condo was on the market for four months before Del Piero managed to snap it up for £4.7m, £150k cheaper than its listed price.
    While it wasn’t a bargain, it’s certainly a plush house in keeping with Del Piero’s new found friends.
    He also often posts snaps of his wife Sonia and their children Dorotea, Tobias, and Sasha on Instagram enjoying relaxing by the pool.
    If you lived there, wouldn’t you?
    Del Piero’s Bel Air mansion is fit for a kingCredit:
    Del Piero splashed £4.7m on the five bedroom, six bathroom homeCredit:
    The stunning house has a pool and a jacuzziCredit:
    The master suite has its own balconyCredit:
    With food prepped by chef Fabio Ugoletti, former executive chef at Michelin star restaurant Al Gallopapa, Del Piero’s No. 10 restaurant on Third Street in West Hollywood provides brilliant Italian grub.
    On the menu, there’s the ‘Pizza N10’ special that has stracciatella cheese and fresh shaved white truffle, which will set you back a whopping £75.
    The pasta and risotto dishes, including a ravioli with butternut squash, sausage and porcini and a gnocchi with mussels, clams, shrimp, broccoli and chilli flakes will make your mouth water.
    The pasta dishes are priced competitively at around £15-£18.
    While the veal Milanese (£38) and a bone-in rib eye (£54) will satisfy meat-eaters, even if they have a heftier price tag.
    Alternatively, you could pop in during happy hour and score yourself some appetisers for half price.
    You may even see Del Piero sat at the bar, he has been known to greet customers as they walk through the doors of No. 10.
    And in the past year he’s been visited by his footballing mates, including former teammate Edgar Davids and Ajax legend Patrick Kluivert.
    No.10 has become a West Hollywood staple since its opening last yearCredit:
    Former Juventus teammate Edgar Davids has dropped in to see Del PieroCredit:
    While Patrick Kluivert also enjoyed a meal at No.10Credit:
    LA10 FC
    Three years ago, Del Piero was revealed as the secret co-owner of United Premier Soccer League team, LA10 FC.
    The team, who play in black and white, were actually taken over by Juve icon and businessman Jeffrey Whalen in a private takeover.
    “To me football is linked to pure passion. After all, this is what I’ve always wanted, to own a small football team. To feel the passion,” Del Piero confirmed on his website at the time.
    “At the end of last summer I decided to become an owner of a small football team based in Los Angeles, in partnership with EDGE Americas Sports, of which I am a co-founder, and my business partner, Jeffrey Whalen.
    “This adventure won me over immediately and today I’m officially revealing this exciting news for the first time. The team is called LA10 FC, our colours are black & white.”
    And Del Piero’s glittering career and success has robbed off on his team with LA10 FC finishing first in their league, earning promotion to a division just below the American second division.
    “After a period of anonymity, I decided to share this beautiful experience and give credit to the entire team for the amazing results they’ve achieved,” Del Piero added.
    “A big thank you goes to the technical staff, the management and all the players.
    In 2018, Del Piero was named as the secret co-owner of LA10 FCCredit: Getty – Contributor

    “Now we are returning to the pitch for the spring season.
    “Conquering the first success as an owner has had a special, different, new and fun feel.
    “I like it because it brings me back to when everything was just a game.”
    Ensuring he maintains his football status, Del Piero’s expertise on the football field lives on through ADP10 Soccer Academies.
    The all-time leading appearance maker and goalscorer for the Turin giants has two schools in LA and one in New York.
    For boys and girls aged between six and 16, ADP10 offers European style football training and a program designed by Del Piero himself, and carried out by Italian coaches he’s selected to work in the US with him.
    A three-day clinic costs around £320 per child, while there’s a three-month development program for around £380.
    And yes, Del Piero likes to get out on the field too to pass on his tips to the youngsters when he’s not busy.
    Since hanging up his boots in 2014, Del Piero has extended his business interests beyond footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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    Tottenham wonderkids who flopped and couldn’t reach the heights expected, including Ceballos, Bostock, Lancaster & more

    TOTTENHAM youngster Ryan Sessegnon was tipped to be the ‘next Gareth Bale’ in the past and has broken back into the first-teamHe quickly failed to live up to the hype in England following his move from Fulham and tried to kickstart his career at Hoffenheim last season.
    Ryan Sessegnon failed to live up to the hype at SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor
    But Sessegnon is back in Antonio Conte’s plans now and is making waves this campaign as Spurs aim to challenge for the title/
    Other wonderkids have struggled to make the grade, however.
    Here’s six Spurs youngsters who failed to set North London alight.JOHN BOSTOCK
    Bostock was tipped for greatness after becoming Crystal Palace’s youngest ever player when he made his debut aged 15 in 2007.
    A year later, Spurs fended off interest from Barcelona and Arsenal to sign the box-to-box midfielder, who seemingly had the world at his feet for £700,000.
    The move infuriated then-Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who revoked Bostock and his step-father’s season tickets.
    But, as fate would have it, Jordan need not have worried. Bostock’s development stunted after unsuccessful loans at Brentford, Hull, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon, and then Toronto FC.
    A move to second division side Royal Antwerp reignited his passion for the game in 2013, and he then bounced to OH Leuven, Lens, Bursaspor and Toulouse.
    In 2019 Bostock returned to our shores, still only 30, on loan at Nottingham Forest. Last season, he was at Doncaster Rovers – but turned down a new contract in the summer and left.
    John Bostock infuriated Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan when he moved to Spurs in a £700k dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Now 30, Bostock was last seen playing for Doncaster RoversCredit: Getty – Contributor
    In 2012 Lancaster was reckoned to be Spurs’ best youth player in a team that also had Harry Kane in.
    The centre-forward even got a debut before the England hotshot against Wigan that same year.
    However, it all turned sour for Lancaster after a series of injuries hampered his progress, including snapping his groin to the bone and tearing his ACL.
    In 2014, he was released by Spurs and signed by Stevenage. Then a move to St Albans City followed, where he continued to struggle.
    A year later, he was enjoying his football in America playing for Louisville City in the USL Championship.
    After rediscovering his scoring boots, finding the net 36 times in 79 games for them, he was signed by Nashville Soccer Club in 2019, who make their MLS debut in 2020.
    After a loan spell at Louisville City, Lancaster joined the club permanently at the end of last season, ready for the 2021 campaign.
    Cameron Lancaster was rated as a better prospect than Harry KaneCredit: Corbis – Getty
    Lancaster now plays his football in America after two serious injuriesCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Arsenal aren’t the first club in North London to have a Ceballos on their books, you know.
    Back in 2011 Tottenham took a punt on a Christian Ceballos, also an attacking midfielder, who was formerly at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.
    By the age of 15, Ceballos had become a YouTube sensation after a video of him ball-juggling with Ronaldinho went viral.
    But he was released by Barcelona, and after an unsuccessful trial with Chelsea was snapped up by Spurs.
    Ceballos failed to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League giants and was sold to Charlton where he flopped.
    After a three-year spell at Belgium team Sint-Truidense V.V., Ceballos moved to Qatari side Al-Wakrah in 2019. He is now at Azerbaijani club Sabah.
    Spanish midfield maestro Christian Ceballos came from BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Ceballos flopped at Spurs and now plays for Azerbaijani club SabahCredit: Getty – Contributor
    In 2006, when Martin Jol was Tottenham boss, he added Dervite to his squad.
    Signed from Lille, the 6ft 4in defender was a France under-18 international and tipped to become one of the leading centre-halves of his generation.
    Sadly for Dervite, he only made one appearance – in a League Cup tie against Port Vale alongside Michael Dawson in the heart of Tottenham’s defence – before injury curtailed his career.
    Surgery on his knee kept him out of the game for several months, but a loan spell at Southend United gave him renewed hope when he was voted second in a player of the season poll by their fans.
    But top-level football alluded him, and spells at Villarreal B, Charlton, Bolton and Charleroi followed.
    He moved to Cypriot minnows Doxa Katokopias and then to Belgian side Renaissance Mons 44, who were reformed this summer after being declared bankrupt in 2015.
    Dorian Dervite was rated as one of the best young defenders of his generationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Dervite played for NAC Breda in the Dutch second division before spells in Cyprus and BelgiumCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Between 2004-08, Tottenham had high hopes for Republic of Ireland forward Dixon.
    That’s why they stood by the youngster after he suffered three crippling knee injuries before the age of 18.
    But it wasn’t to be, and he was picked up by West Ham after Spurs released him.
    A year later his contract was terminated by the Hammers when he failed to break into their first team.
    Since 2011 Dixon has stopped at Stevenage, Ware, Tooting and Mitcham United, Bradford City, Halifax Town, Dover Athletic, Dunstable Town, and Berkhamsted without leaving his mark.
    He’s been at Aylesbury United since 2014, before moving to Tring – although it is unknown if he still plays today.
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    Three serious knee injuries before the age of 18 saw Terry Dixon fail to live up to his hype
    In 2002, Belgium midfield schemer rejected Man Utd’s advances after Sir Alex Ferguson earmarked him as one for the future.
    A few months later, in came Spurs who swooped for the-then Belgium under-19 star who was one of the most coveted young footballers on the planet.
    A good passer of the ball with excellent vision, Blondel suffered with the physical rigours of the British football.
    At only 5ft 8in and of slight build, he was often bullied out of reserve games and was deemed surplus to requirements within two years, playing just twice.
    However, Blondel did kickstart his career back in Belgium with Club Brugge, and ended up making 266 games for the club. He retired at 31 in 2015, but didn’t quite achieve what was expected of him in the game.
    Jonathan Blondel snubbed Man Utd to go to Spurs insteadCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Blondel ended up playing 266 times for Club Brugge before retiring at the age of 31Credit: Getty Images – Getty More

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    Ex-Tottenham star Ilie Dumitrescu now runs an art gallery in Bucharest, after starring for Romania at World Cup

    WORLD CUP hero Ilie Dumitrescu created works of art on the pitch — but now runs a lucrative business flogging them instead.The Romania legend and former Tottenham star — bought for £2.6million by then boss Ossie Ardiles — is a prominent art dealer in his homeland.
    Ilie Dumitrescu now makes a living selling exclusive pieces of art from his own galleryCredit: Instagram
    He arrived at White Hart Lane in 1994 saying he wanted to ‘add a nice patch of colour’ to the Premier League.
    Now, though, he looks for it in paintings hung and sold in his own gallery.
    Dumitrescu’s Hanul cu Tei gallery in capital Bucharest’s Old Town is home to a burgeoning portfolio, which also includes the Tea Inn restaurant and bar, a part of the Embassy chain he owns.
    A businessman even reportedly offered him close to £2m to sell his incredible art collection, only for the ex-West Ham man to refuse on the spot.
    He loves the gallery so much he even calls it his ‘second home’.
    The dapper-dressing 53-year-old frequently uploads selfies relaxing on its outside tables and chairs, sipping an espresso.
    But does the man who helped fire his country to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup show off any of his own work?
    Not if he can help it.
    The former Spurs attacking midfielder clearly has a taste for the finer things in lifeCredit: Instagram
    Ilie Dumitrescu also splits his time with analyst duties on Digi Sport TV channelCredit: Instagram, @ilie_dumitrescu
    Ilie Dumitrescu stands beside one of his favourite pieces of artwork, titled ‘The Beggar’Credit:
    The attacker arrived at Spurs after his impressive showing in the World CupCredit: Getty
    Ilie Dumitrescu became a national hero when he fired Romania to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World CupCredit: Getty Images
    Ilie Dumitrescu’s way of life now is a long way from how he made his wealth on the pitchCredit: Instagram
    Ilie Dumitrescu scored in the penalty shootout but couldn’t stop Romania going out of the 1994 World Cup at the hands of SwedenCredit: Getty
    The frontman, four from right, was also part of the famous Romania team who dyed their hair blond in the 1998 World CupCredit: EPA
    Ilie Dumitrescu was offered close to £2million for his collection of various artworksCredit:
    The former footballer shows off his flashy lifestyle on InstagramCredit: Instagram, @ilie_dumitrescu
    He said: “While I was playing in Mexico, I had a lot of painting. I took my easel, brush, paints.
    “But you had to have imagination and a certain state, and I, being more temperamental, realised I did not have a painting job.”
    Not that that stops the walls being adorned with religious artworks, Monet-style oil paintings of flowers and life-size drawings of nude models.
    And he encouraged the Art Walk Street project, which saw work exhibited on streets, some held up by models, and the use of workshops for wannabe artists.
    Dumitrescu himself started collecting works in 2004, the same year he took charge of AEK Athens.
    Ilie’s son Dan looks after the catering side of things at their Hanul cu Tei hotspot, with his old man even teaming up with Heineken to create a beer for the grand opening in 2012.
    Football is not gone from his life completely, though.
    Ilie Dumitrescu’s nomadic career
    The Romania legend was involved in a massive number of clubs throughout his career.

    As player…

    1986 – 1994 Steaua Bucuresti
    1987 – 1998 Olt Scornicesti (loan)
    1994 – 95 Spurs
    1995 Sevilla (loan)
    1996 West Ham
    1996 – 97 America
    1997 – 98 Atlante
    1998 Steaua Bucuresti

    As manager…

    2000 – 01 Otelul Galati
    2001 Brasov
    2001 – 02 Alki Larnaca
    2002 Romania Under-21s
    2002 – 03 Bacau
    2003 – 04 Apollon Limassol
    2004 AEK Athens
    2005 Egaleo
    2005 Akratitos
    2005 – 06 Kallithea
    2006 PAOK Thessaloniki
    2009 Panthrakikos
    2010 Steaua Bucuresti

    Ilie Dumitrescu walks down the staircase in his art galleryCredit: Instagram

    Ilie Dumitrescu is a popular pundit in RomaniaCredit: Instagram, @ilie_dumitrescu
    Ilie Dumitrescu has a thriving business portfolio to look after now… but still finds time for a glass of wineCredit: Instagram, @ilie_dumitrescu
    Dumitrescu, who managed a staggering 13 clubs in ten years after scoring 20 goals in 62 appearances for the national side, stars as a TV pundit.
    He features on Digi Sport’s Sport Special show as an analyst and looks a natural in front of the camera.
    His is a lifestyle that has clearly paid off well.
    Dumitrescu’s social media is full of images showing him enjoying the high life, toasting massive plates of food with friends and enjoying fine wine.
    The punters love what he has created too.
    Visitors frequently tag his thriving gallery – which can accommodate 250 people – in their Instagram photos. More

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    Meet Neymar’s entourage who earn $11k-per-month, go to exclusive celeb parties and mingle with stars

    WHO needs a real job?PSG star Neymar transcends the world of football, enjoying the glitzy showbiz lifestyle of a true celebrity.
    Being in Neymar’s entourage means you live a life of luxuryCredit: Instagram
    From attending elite fashion parties to taking fancy holidays, the Brazilian superstar knows how to live.
    And if you’re lucky, you will be part of Neymar’s inner circle, called the ‘parcas’ in his homeland, who indulge in the high-life with him.
    Parcas is a slang term in Portuguese meaning ‘partners’, and just like Vinny Chase in US TV show Entourage, the footballer has a group of pals he trusts more than anyone else.
    Enter the world of one of the most famous sports stars on the planet…
    There’s a popular joke in Brazil that if you’re Neymar’s friend, you won’t feel the current economic and unemployment crisis that’s sweeping the country.
    And these three live-in mates are reportedly all on the payroll, earning around $11k-per-month from the former Barcelona star.
    Gil Cebola, Jota Amancio and Carlos Henrique are key members of his entourage, each providing a different role within ‘Team Neymar’.
    Gil Cebola is Neymar’s personal photographerCredit: Instagram
    Carlos Henrique is the business brains of Neymar’s entourageCredit: Instagram
    They all live with him in the posh Paris suburb Bougival, in a mansion worth millions.
    Cebola worked briefly as his agent, before assuming his role as chief photographer, managing Neymar’s live broadcasts and videos on social media.
    Off the back of that, Cebola has launched a clothing brand, a tattoo shop and an events production company.
    He now has over 670,000 followers on Instagram, and was selected by Google to photograph an ad campaign in Brazil in recent years. It pays to know Neymar.
    Amancio, who calls himself Neymar’s personal adviser, is perhaps closest to the forward.
    Footballers like Neymar are stars on a completely different level. It’s insane. It’s like a huge cultNBA superstar Draymond Green
    The pair played together in the youth ranks at Santos, and he is akin to a “brother” to the footballer.
    “We met when we were only 13 years old and since then we have grown up together,” Amancio told Marca.
    “We lived in the same house for seven years, we studied together, and until 2010 we played in the same team,”
    While Henrique appears to be the brains of the trio, looking after his pal’s commercial and business interests off the pitch.
    Jota Amancio has known Neymar since they were 13 playing in Santos’ youth teamCredit: Instagram
    Neymar and his entourage live in a stunning mansion in the Bougival suburb of ParisCredit: EPA
    The three were seen partying with Neymar in Las Vegas, alongside Serena Williams, a host of stunning models and UFC Octagon Girls Jhenny Andrade and Camila Oliveira, while Brazil were playing in the Copa America in 2016.
    For Neymar’s 26th birthday his friends also helped him organise a party at the exclusive Pavillion Cambon in Paris, where guests included Lewis Hamilton, Brazilian Ronaldo, and Victoria’s Secret beauty Izabel Goulart.
    With a net worth of around $121m, Neymar isn’t afraid to show his entourage a good time.
    After all, he believes the parcas are the reason he is where he is today.
    Before his record-breaking transfer to PSG, he flew them to the party island of Ibiza where the gang partied on yachts, in super clubs and rented a huge mansion.
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    It made NBA superstar Draymond Green take note.
    “We see stars in America and it’s amazing,” he said on ESPN.
    “But [footballers like Neymar] are stars on a completely different level over there. It’s insane. It’s like a huge cult.”
    And after his move to Paris, they all went straight to St Tropez, partying at a beach club.
    Club revellers saw 12 bottles of champagne delivered to his table, while a funk version of the Brazilian national anthem played as a backdrop.
    Neymar isn’t afraid of sharing his $121m fortune with his friendsCredit: Instagram
    Exclusive fashion parties thrown by Balmain are attended by Neymar and palsCredit: Instagram
    When Neymar sealed his move to PSG, he celebrated partying with his pals in St TropezCredit: Splash News
    However, there are those that believe having such an entourage is detriment to Neymar’s career.
    Former Santos marketing director Eduardo Musa worked exclusively as Neymar’s personal adviser for six years.
    One of his many jobs involved looking after an unlimited credit card that paid for the expenses of Neymar’s friends.
    He quit working for the Brazil star after he grew tired of working for such a big name in the game.
    “I can’t complain about anything; it was an amazing experience—my goal as a professional,” Musa told Bleacher Report.
    “But inevitably, when you work with such a huge guy [as Neymar], you have no personal life. I don’t want to pay this price again.”
    Musa encouraged the entourage to become a support system for their pal, but Neymar’s father wasn’t fond of that idea.
    “I have no doubt they’re very important for Neymar, but I tried to turn them into a professional support for Neymar’s career as well.
    “One of them would become a photographer, the other would work as a manager.
    “But his father didn’t accept it [at that time].”
    Former Santos marketing director Eduardo Musa worked as Neymar’s personal advisor for six years
    Musa stopped working with Neymar after falling out with his dadCredit: AFP or licensors
    Being Neymar isn’t easy.
    The expectation on the shoulders of one of the world’s best footballers for club and country could make a mere mortal crumble.
    Gustavo Almeida, another close friend, explained what the entourage provides.
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    “He lives in a pressure-cooker and we are an escape [from it],” he told Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte.
    “We don’t talk about football. We’re a way for him to let go of the stress of his life. We’re together to chat, travel.”
    Every Brazilian kid dreams of becoming the next Ronaldo, Zico or Pele… but now just being friends with the new wonderkid on the scene seems to be just as lucrative.
    The pressure on Neymar’s shoulders for club and country is immenseCredit: Alamy Live News
    Gustavo Almeida says the entourage exists to relieve Neymar from the stresses of footballCredit: Instagram More

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    Jose Mourinho’s kids are branching out on their own, with daughter’s jewellery worn by Stormzy and son a budding coach

    HE is not the only Special One in the family.For years Jose Mourinho has lived off that moniker, leading the likes of Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham and now Roma to success.
    Jose Mourinho’s daughter is an award-winning jewellerCredit: Getty
    His son Jose Jr is an aspiring footballer and coachCredit: Getty
    Stormzy teamed up with Matilde Jewellery for a music video shootCredit: Instagram
    But daughter Matilde is showing her own unique talents as a jeweller.
    The 25-year-old’s brand Matilde Jewellery scooped the Emerging Brand of the Year gong at the Professional Jeweller Awards.
    It was also worn by Stormzy in his new video Mel Made Me Do It, which dad Jose makes an appearance in.
    While son Jose Jr, 21, is an aspiring footballer and coach who has been on the books of Fulham.
    Back in December 2020, Jose’s ambitious offspring launched her own jewellery brand.
    What made it different from its competitors was her promise to make pieces from sustainable materials.
    Her passion for jewellery began in 2018, when she was gifted a gold bracelet for her 18th birthday by her parents.
    “I was so excited. It was my first piece of proper jewellery,” she told the Daily Mail.
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    She uses lab-grown diamonds because they “have the least impact on the environment.”
    Matilde studied her craft at the London College of Fashion before doing an MA in Entrepreneurship: Fashion and Creative Industries at Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design.
    It was on a shopping trip with her mum she learned that diamonds can be lab-grown.
    She said: “We walked into a shop where a jewellery brand was doing a pop-up. The founder came up and said: ‘Did you know all our jewellery uses lab-grown diamonds?’ I was like, ‘What?’ I was intrigued.
    Matilde’s jewellery line won a prestigious award at the Professional Jeweller AwardsCredit: Instagram @matildefmf
    Matilde Jewellery uses sustainable materials, including lab-grown diamondsCredit: Instagram @matilde.jewellery
    Pieces from Matilde’s range can cost up to £1,850Credit: Instagram @matilde.jewellery
    Dad Jose Mourinho has been seen wearing Matilde’s men’s jewellery collectionCredit: Instagram @josemourinho
    Jose Mourinho featured in Mel Made Me Do It
    “My mum was born in Angola, which is where a lot of the horrible impact from blood diamonds took place. She was always vocal about it. She thought it was amazing that lab-grown diamonds existed.”
    Matilde now has her own pop-up shop in the heart of London’s Soho that’s open until Christmas Eve.
    Inside, you’ll find pieces for men and women costing up to £1,850.
    Celebrity fans include actress Naomi Scott and film producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
    While dad Jose has worn a bracelet and ring made by his daughter at training with Roma.
    Most recently, Stormzy modelled some pieces for his latest music video, Mel Made Me Do It.
    Jose Sr shared images behind the scenes on his Instagram about his cameo.
    He captioned the image: “Was great fun doing this cameo for Stormzy’s new music video out today. I had a great time and it’s great to see him wearing @matilde.jewellery”
    Although he’s currently without a club, Mourinho’s son Jose Jr is an able goalkeeper.
    For three years he was on Fulham’s books before he was released in 2017.
    Now 21, he could consider a move into coaching.
    And, if his dad is to be believed, he could become a better coach than him.
    Back in 2018, the youngster was sat on the bench alongside his dad when Manchester United took on Swansea.
    For his work experience, he then delivered a tactical analysis of what was wrong with his father’s side.
    Jose revealed: “In a period of a few bad results one day, he comes up with some analysis on my team — obviously suffering because Dad wasn’t doing well.
    “We had lost to Watford and Manchester City, I think, and he came with the stats of the team. I showed them to my assistants and I told them, ‘Be careful as one day this boy will take one of your places’.
    Jose Jr was an able goalkeeper and was formerly on Fulham’s booksCredit: PA:Empics Sport
    When his father was at Manchester United, he Jose Jr sat in the dugout for work experienceCredit: Getty
    Jose Mourinho believes his son could one day become a great coachCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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    “But in fact I compare him with me at his age, where I would try to do the same sort of things for my dad — of course with different technology methods, but analysis from a kid aged 16 then.”
    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, as Mourinho’s kids are making their own way in life.
    Clearly, the Special One has produced a couple of Special Ones.
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    David Beckham’s amazing £6m Cotswolds mansion is a converted Grade II-listed farmhouse with plunge pool and tennis court

    DAVID BECKHAM loves showing off his stunning £6million Cotswolds mansion on social media.It’s where he celebrated recent birthdays, accompanied by wife Victoria, 48, and three of their children, including once when he was treated to a bacon-and-egg sandwich with presents wrapped in paper adorned by his own face.
    David Beckham poses alongside wife Victoria and their four children outside their Cotswolds homeCredit: INSTAGRAM
    The Beckhams often show the property off on social mediaCredit: Instagram
    The main living area boasts a huge fireplace for the famous family to keep cosyCredit: Instagram
    An outdoor firepit is on hand for family barbecuesCredit: Instagram
    The stunning Cotswolds retreat was a Grade II-listed farmhouse that was converted into the sprawling mansion-like building.
    Purchased in December 2016 for a reported £6.15million, 47-year-old David and Victoria took their youngest children Harper, 11, Romeo, 20, and Cruz, 17, to the country when lockdown was imposed last year.
    The Beckhams can boast a lengthy property portfolio featuring a London townhouse, Dubai beach property and Miami penthouse.
    Home comforts abound inside their Cotswold abode with chandeliers and an enormous roaring fireplace.
    The kitchen hosts long tables, gorgeous stone floors and an Aga oven, leading to a vast outdoor eating area to match the one inside.
    A tennis court can be found outside with a garden that holds a plunge pool and an interesting looking outhouse that could be a sauna.
    Victoria held a party for her family to celebrate her 46th birthday last year at their homeCredit: Instagram
    There is a plunge pool, modelled here by Cruz, in the gardenCredit: Instagram
    The £6m property was purchased in December 2016
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    Meanwhile, SunSport exclusively revealed yesterday Beckham has landed yet another multi-million pound pay day for fronting a new Qatar World Cup advertising campaign.
    The ex-England captain is pocketing a seven figure sum with former NFL ace Peyton Manning, 46, to star in TV and print ads for sponsors Doritos.
    Becks and his American Football counterpart shot the campaign in the UK this week.
    The spoof jokes about the differences between the two forms of “football”.
    A source said: “This is a megabucks campaign for two of the most famous sportsmen in the world, centred around the planet’s biggest tournament.
    “It’s huge money for both of them — but fronting anything with a Qatar link is always going to have an element of controversy.”
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    Tottenham billionaire owner Joe Lewis has an amazing £113m superyacht, which features a full sized tennis court

    WHEN you have an estimated wealth of around £4.3billion, you aren’t going to skimp on boys’ toys.And billionaire Spurs owner Joe Lewis is testament to that fact – owning an astonishing £113million superyacht which measures 321-feet long.
    Spurs owner Joe Lewis owns a £113m yacht called AvivaCredit: Tom Stockill
    The Aviva, once seen on the River Thames in 2018, is 321-feet longCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The East End-born businessman is believed to live on board the Aviva, once spotted docked on the Thames, which has been referred to as his mobile office.
    Better still, it has everything an 85-year-old would need in terms of amenities, including the very first full-size indoor tennis court ever installed on a yacht.
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    Lewis does not need to  be on dry land to get his tennis fix.
    After all, he has an incredible tennis court built into the Aviva – the first of its kind – that he and his guests can play on.
    At 20 metres long and 10 metres wide, the court area goes up to 6.65 metres high.
    And it’s not just for tennis, as the yacht’s designer Reymond Langton explained.
    “It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also for the crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht,” the British design studio told Yacht Harbour.
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    The superyacht is the first boat to have a full-size indoor tennis court
    Crew on board the Aviva have been known to enjoy the tennis court found in the bottom of the boatCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    “The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests and when the court is not in use for padel (tennis), the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space.
    “It is after all a sports hall.”A MOBILE OFFICE
    Lewis, who made his millions in currency trading after running several restaurants and nightclubs from the 1960s, spends most of the year on his boat.
    For the Spurs boss, it’s not just a place where he can enjoy a luxurious life, the Aviva is perfect for working remotely.
    “Communication and information are critical to me.” Lewis said in an interview with regards to his requirements for his floating office.
    “To be effective, I need reliable phones and internet, these have improved much over the past few years, but, it is too expensive, too slow and not consistently reliable.
    “Aviva is more than an office; it is also my home for much of the year. So for me, it is relaxing working from home, wherever Aviva may be in the world.”
    It can also be used to entertain, just as it was when he invited the Spurs team on board in 2013 during their tour of the Bahamas.
    Then-skipper Michael Dawson said: “I had never met him before, so it was nice to go over there and a great experience.
    “What a really nice guy. And that yacht is unreal! But he’s just a normal guy. You could chat to him about anything. He tunes into all the games, he loves it. We just sat there chatting. He made us feel so welcome over there. It was relaxed. A lot of team-bonding together.”
    Lewis lives on the Aviva for most of the yearCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    Lewis has called the Aviva his modern day office in the pastCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    Dotted around its decks are sun loungersCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    It’s mostly in the Bahamas where Lewis – among the richest men in the UK – spends his days as a tax exile.
    And the Aviva, which can house up to 16 guests, is fully equipped for the Caribbean lifestyle.
    The exterior relaxation area features a circular set of lounging pads on the sun deck, as well as smaller lounging pads towards the yacht’s bridge.
    A cool swimming platform can also open up into the sea, that means you can have your own beach area with Aviva’s tenders coming out of side doors.
    Talking about boys’ toys, the superyacht even has a speedboat and jet skis on board.
    The Aviva is Bahamas-ready, has its own speedboat and a swimming platform opens up into the seaCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    The lower deck boasts circular lounging areasCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
    The German-built Aviva, the 46th longest yacht in the world, took three years to complete.
    And it’s certainly not lacking in spec, either.
    Powered by an eco-friendly drive system, it can reach a top speed of 20 knots.
    The unique hull design that comes together with an electric propulsions system means that less fuel is used.
    Unbelievably, the Aviva can cruise at 11 knots purely on electric power only.
    Now, where can we get one?
    The Aviva can be powered using just electronic powerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The Aviva is the 46th longest yacht in the worldCredit: Abeking Rasmussen
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    Ex-Man Utd star Ramon Calliste was dubbed ‘the next Giggs’, but now owns luxury watch business making £5m a year

    BIG things were expected of Ramon Calliste.  The former Man United starlet was labelled the next Ryan Giggs and trained with the first team alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
    Ramon Calliste is owner of Global Watches, a company that rakes in around £5m a year
    Delivering a bespoke service, Global Watches sells high-end time pieces
    However, when it didn’t work out at the Red Devils the former Welsh wizard moved onto Liverpool and became their top scorer in reserve football.
    Frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities, and taking on advice from then-Wales manager John Toshack, he moved to Scunthorpe in 2006.
    But in a cruel twist of fate during his first preseason game Ramon dislocated his ankle, cracking a bone and severely damaging his ligaments.
    After bouncing around at a few clubs, including Farnborough and Cambridge City, Ramon was conscious that the horror injury meant he’d never return to the same level again.
    He turned his attentions to watches, and in 2013 launched Global Watches – a company that sells high-end timepieces, including Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Hublot.
    Ramon’s business is now making around £5MILLION-per-year, selling products to footballers, celebrities and other high-rollers.
    “When I realised football wasn’t going to give me the life I desired, it was about setting up something else and moving fast,” Ramon, 36, told SunSport.
    “I started to get involved in watches through contacts I had in the world of football.
    Global Watches lists timepieces for tens of thousands of pounds
    With a base in North London, business is booming for Global WatchesCredit: Global Watches
    “Once I saw it could become a viable business, I set up Global Watches in 2013 and it’s become a really strong company that’s now turning over millions.
    “The idea is to keep it growing and hopefully sell the company in five or ten years time, just like Watchfinder did recently.”
    Ramon admitted that he was a complete novice when it came to setting up a business.
    But it helped having a contacts book of footballers, who valued his trust because of his past playing career.
    “Running any business is very difficult,” Ramon said.
    “When you’re dealing with high-value goods, there’s a lot of compliance and regulations to bear in mind.
    “We do everything by the book here and it’s very important to be clear on what you’re doing.
    “I was lucky it was very lucrative from the beginning. Some watches we sell can go from £250,000.
    Limited edition and rare Richard Mille watches can be found at Global WatchesCredit: Instagram
    Former footballer Ramon Calliste launched Global Watches in 2013Credit: Global Watches
    Global Watches sell pieces for as much as £250,000Credit: Global Watches
    “Having my footballing history has also helped.
    “I dealt with footballers in the beginning, selling them watches and I already had that trust there.
    “Even today, clients come online and they see it’s me and they feel comfortable buying from me.
    “There might be other companies that are stronger than mine, but because I played the game it does help the business.
    “We have a bespoke service where we go out to the clients, and it’s not just footballers.
    “We started with an office in Mayfair. Now, we’ve got a shop front in North London.
    “When you can take your inventory to a room of footballers, perhaps ten millionaires, that’s better for all concerned.
    “They prefer that service and it’s an easier chance to sell goods
    Ramon Calliste was able to use his footballing contacts to ensure Global Watches started off successfully
    Didier Drogba is just one of many satisfied clients that have bought watches from Global WatchesCredit: Instagram, @globalwatches
    “I have a great relationship with the players and make sure they are looked after.”IT’S A BIG EARNER
    On a regular day, Ramon revealed he sells watches from around £50,000-£70,000.
    Occasionally, he gets a £150,000-£250,000 sale in a market where clients can make money from pieces that are collector’s items.
    “They appreciate, watches have become commodities,” Ramon said.
    “It’s nice for my clients to make money if they’ve bought a watch from me, if they want to sell the watch in the future.
    “I see myself as a consultant. I know watches inside out and try to advise them on what to buy.
    “So sometimes when my clients come to me with what they’ve want, I will tell them straight if it’s a good or bad idea.
    “I don’t want any of my clients to lose lots of money, when they come to sell their timepiece.”
    Some watches are collector’s items that appreciate with age, Global Watches owner Ramon Calliste revealedCredit: Global Watches
    Ramon Calliste hopes to make Global Watches a world-renowned brandCredit: Global Watches
    Going forward, Ramon hopes to open more stores to ensure Global Watches becomes a worldwide renowned name.
    He’s also looking at getting into the property business and hopes to retire by the age of 50.
    Looking back at his football career, Ramon spoke of how it all began without any regrets.
    “I was watched by Man United scout Tony Hopkins for two years when I was at a high school in Cardiff.
    “Originally, I signed for Coventry, but I didn’t feel happy there.
    “I got picked for the Wales under-19s aged 13, and Coventry stopped me from playing.
    “I found out that was because someone could’ve poached me if they’d saw me play and I impressed other scouts.
    “I got out of that contract, went back to school and then I was off to Manchester United in 2000.
    In 2000, Ramon Calliste signed a deal with Manchester United
    A promising talent, Welshman Ramon Calliste was once compared to Ryan GiggsCredit: PA:Empics Sport
    “When I got to Old Trafford I met Sir Alex Ferguson, which was an incredible experience.
    “Seeing everything for the first time, I went into the famous room where everyone meets him.
    “It was a special, I wasn’t fazed by much when I was young, but he had the aura of a great man.”
    Ramon didn’t play for the United first team, but he got his chance to train with some of their superstars.
    “We didn’t always train with the first team, but sometimes we’d have five-a-side games.
    “I aspired to train with them permanently, and it was amazing when I did get the opportunity.
    “I trained with Rooney and Ronaldo, which was a big deal.”
    He also saw Gareth Bale’s potential first-hand and knew straight away the winger was a star in the making.
    While he didn’t always train with the first team, Ramon Calliste did occasionally play alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano RonaldoCredit: PA:Empics Sport
    But now, Ramon Calliste would rather shift watches over playing football
    “I remember seeing Gareth Bale when we had an under-21 Wales training session at Wrexham’s training ground.
    “I didn’t really know who he was at the time, but knew he was at Southampton.
    “But after training we were having a kickabout and I could see him practising free kicks.
    “You could see from that moment that he was a special player. It was great to play alongside him and some other of the world’s great players.”
    After Ramon was released from Old Trafford, he starred for Liverpool’s reserves.
    He was their leading goalscorer in the 2005-2006 season, but left for Scunthorpe for first team opportunities.
    “It wasn’t initially what I wanted to do, but Toshack told me I needed to play competitive football if I wanted to break into the Wales first team.
    “I thought, let’s do this and took a contract. Preseason I got injured straight away and I never really recovered from it.”
    Global Watches are hoping to expand by launching more shops around the UKCredit: Instagram, @globalwatches
    Ramon Calliste has no regrets that his football career was cut short by injuryCredit: Instagram, @globalwatches
    Ramon’s horrendous dislocated ankle injury with ligament damage and broken bone to boot still plagues the entrepreneur.
    “I have trouble with that ankle today,” he revealed.
    “I see a specialist regularly and I’m probably going to have to have another operation.
    “If I would’ve had the injury at Man United and Liverpool, I might have been alright.
    “But because I had the treatment at Scunthorpe, I don’t think I got the right medical attention.”
    In 2009, Ramon had decided he’d had enough. Spells at Cambridge City and West London Saracens in the Middlesex County Football League followed.
    Man United released Ramon Calliste when his contract expired in 2005Credit: Getty – Contributor
    Ramon Calliste in action in a reserve game against Liverpool at Man United’s Carrington Training GroundCredit: Getty – Contributor
    But by his mid-2os, his heart wasn’t in it.
    “To come back, I would’ve had to look at going into semi-pro.
    “That just wasn’t for me. From being the creme de la creme at the top and then being at the bottom of the chain, it wasn’t something that’s in my genetics.
    “If I wanted to be involved with something, I want it to be the best. I thought, at that point football was just a distraction and I needed to build a real life.
    “In the end, football just wasn’t meant for me. With all the ability I had, it just wasn’t my destiny.
    “I wouldn’t have met my wife, I wouldn’t have met my children because I wouldn’t have come to London at the time I did. That alone is the most important thing for me.
    Setting up Global Watches was Ramon Calliste’s destiny
    Global Watches has given former footballer Ramon Calliste a life he couldn’t have had playing the gameCredit: Global Watches
    “You have to go through a hell of a lot of steps to get through life. I don’t regret anything that happened to me in football, I learned a lot.
    “I still have great friends from that world, but it wasn’t to be.”
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