Despite the rich amounts of skills and thrills football players display on the pitch, they still lack when it comes to fashion sense compared to music and movie artists.
Fans need to cut loose some slack because these player are sometimes limited to club tracksuit, sponsored playing kits and sweatshirts, but regardless of that, when off the pitch they still try their best in donning out their finest threads.
Today we take a look at the top ten footballers who have scored high on Cheapgoals.com most stylish for the year 2016.
This awesome Italian midfielder is old but classy and stylish, though his fashion style wouldn’t get much applaud like his curly free kick and superb pass, much respect for the Italian who knows how to accessorize his dress.
Crystal Palace midfielder achieved notoriety for his splendid black beard, he has a unique and quirky fashion sense that couldn’t be sweep away. The man only understands ‘taloired’ and ‘fitted’ in his wardrobe vocabulary.
The Dutch international who has had a horrid time getting a play role under Jose Mourinho but his time on the sidelines seems to be working well for his fashion sense, as he shrugged off troubles coming with starting for Manchester United.
Jerome Boateng was named Germany’s best-dressed man in 2015. He is referred to one of “Germany fashion icon”, his fashion sense is extraordinary.
Sergio Ramos can best be described as Mr. Fearless both on and off the pitch, he oozes fluidity and style, in both football and in his sense of dress.
Alves is no doubt one of the most solid right back in football and it seems his dress sense off the pitch is pretty solid as well, marking strikers as strong as he markup good combination of clothes.
Neymar’s fashion sense is evidently scrolling through rolls of styles, the Brazilian international dubbed as the pop star of football. Neymar’s sartorial taste continue to work wonderfully, as we all know he’d take the crown for Mr.swagger.
Bellerin could win a contest based on style, but if he’s to carry his team (Arsenal) top the table that pretty challenging. The Spanish right-back showed how caught up he is on the latest fashion trends than he could run 100 meters on his wing.
Ronaldo no doubt has high perchance for fashion, the Portuguese international attract enough paparazzi for his stylish and classic dress sense just as he does on the pitch.
The name David Beckham itself is a fashion brand he has been a model and a fashion inspiration for many men, whether he’s in a suit, sweatshirt or just on the out for a run, the England international never get it wrong, he’s no doubt the most stylish footballer.
Top 10 Football Finest & Biggest Stadiums
Ever imagined which stadia is possibly the biggest stadium, finest and why football clubs or countries invest astronomic fees on their ground?
Football clubs invest millions on their grounds because it enhances the performances of their team and also brings in more revenue into the club’s pockets.
In that sense, with the undying love the football enthusiast has for the game, it’s of importance that clubs invest millions of dollars on their ground in other to accommodate and give the fans an electrifying atmosphere and a wonderful aesthetic appeal, that would leave the fans in awe.
Today, we’ll explore the top 10 finest & Biggest stadiums in world football, determine by size and visual appeal.
- Rungrado May Stadium – (North Korea)- 114,000
North Korea may not be as popular as much as Japan and South Korea in terms of football, yet they have the biggest stadium in the world.
The stadia located in Pyongyang was opened in 1989, has a seating capacity of 150,000 however right now it can only seat only 114,000 people.
According to official information, the stadium was built to serve many purposes, such as football games, athletics events, and many other sport games. The Rungrado stadia is also been used to host the mass Arirang Festival annually, between August or September.
The last time the Mass Arirang Festival was held at the stadium was in 2018, and in 2017 it also hosted the 2018 Asian Football Championship (AFC) U23 Championship qualification six group stage matches.
- Camp Nou – (Spain) – 99,354
The Camp Nou meaning the “New Field” in Spanish is the home ground of one of the finest football clubs, it is rank the second biggest stadium in the world and largest in Europe. Since the Camp Nou was opened in 1957, it has seen some of the best footballers grace the pitch with their footballing talents.
The Catalan giant home turf could seat over 99,354 people, and since it was built for 288 million pesetas it has hosted important sporting events like the 1992 Olympics game and lot of football finals.
The Camp Nou has been a historical ground that has seen many teams, who has the opportunity to grace the pitch been beaten blue, black since the Blaugrana moved from the small Camp de Les Corts their former home ground to Camp Nou.
- FNB Stadium – (South Africa) – 94,736
The soccer city as refers to by the Kaizer Chiefs fans, been their home turf is the 12th biggest stadium in the world and the largest in Africa. The FNB is also where the South African national team plays almost their international matches.
In preparation for the first-ever World Cup that was hosted by South Africa, the FNB stadia was renovated in other to meet the standard quality of a proper hosting stadia in 2010.
The FNB stadia don’t only host football games, it also host other sporting events such as the rugby union game. It was also known as a historical ground that hosted the first speech of late Nelson Mandela immediately after his from prison in 1900.
Ironically it also hosted the memorial service of the great Mandela in December 2013, following the announcement of his death by Zuma.
- Rose Bowl Stadium – (United States) – 90,888
The United States is synonymous with having some of the biggest stadiums in sport, most especially in American Football. The Rose Bowl Stadium is ranked the fourth biggest football ground on earth. Rose Bowl stadia was opened in 1922, and it was regarded as the California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
The stadium cost over $272,198 in construction, and it has since hosted a lot of important sporting events, such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA World Cup Final, and the Olympic Gold Medal match.
At a modern capacity of all-seated spectators at 92,542, the stadia stands as the 16th largest stadium in the world, the 11th biggest in the States, and the 10th largest NCAA stadium.
Rose Bowl is 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles, and it’s also one of the most historic and famous grounds in sporting history.
- Wembley Stadium – (England) – 90,000
Wembley stadium is no doubt the iconic temple of football in England to all soccer enthusiasts. The largest football stadia in England, fifth in the world, and second in Europe is a fortress to the English national team, with 90,000 capacity.
The Wembley stadium was built in 1923 but was renovated in 2007 which has a timeless design and incorporates every detail needed to make it the home of football and one of the best in world football.
Since the stadium was built, it has hosted major football matches including home matches of the Three Lions of England, lots of FA Cup finals and even more to come.
The temple of football, also host the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League finals, and it was supposed to host both the semi-final and final of the UEFA Euro last year, but unfortunately, that didn’t materialize due to the pandemic.
- Estadio Azteca – (Mexico) – 87,523
The Azteca stadia would forever be remembered for the unforgivable and hurtful memorable goal scored, by the late Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ by the English fans against their national team at Mexico 86 World Cup.
The multi-purpose stadium is located in Mexico City and is the home of Club America one of the historic football clubs in Mexico and one of the biggest stadiums in southern/northern America, it also hosts all the national team matches.
Estadio Azteca is spherical in shape and its capacity is 87,523 having been reduced from its initial 105,000 capacity. One unique thing about the stadium is that it’s seated over 2000 meters above sea level, and in that sense, it remains one of the famous stadia in the world.
Estadio Azteca also hosted what was termed the “Game of the Century” between the Azzurri national team and West Germany in one of the 1970 semi-final matches, and aside from football events that this stadia has hosted, it has also hosted a lot of political and religious events and ceremonies.
- Santiago Bernabeu – (Spain) – 85,454
The Santiago Bernabeu is Spain’s second-largest stadium, the third biggest stadium in Europe, and the home of Los Merengues.
It’s was commissioned to be built in 1944, however, it was completed in 1947 and named “Nuevo Estadio Chamartin” after the Spain area capital city where it was built.
The inaugural match at the Bernabeu took place between Real Madrid and Portuguese side OS Belenenses in 1947, Los Merengues triumphed in that match with Sabino Baringa becoming the first-ever goal scorer at the inaugural match. And since the first match on that ground, the Bernabeu fans have witnessed both the sweet and bitter moments on the ground.
In 1955 the ground wore a new name, which was named after their former player and President Santiago Bernabeu. Two years after it was renamed, Los Blancos enjoyed a run of their five consecutive European successes, and during all of those times, Alfredo Di Stefano was very instrumental.
The current capacity of the stadium is at 85,454, although it’s has been as high as 125,000 in the past, however, with the current renovation of the stadium going on, we might get to see a more beautiful and reformed Santiago Bernabeu.
- San Siro – (Italy) – 80,018
The San Siro home both the Milan Clubs respectively, when AC Milan is playing at home the stadia is referred to as San Siro, while for Inter Milan it is called the Giuseppe Meaza. It is the biggest stadium in Italy and also the most famous in the land of Azzurri’s.
Like other famous stadiums in the world, the San Siro has also witnessed some of the greatest football stars in world football, such as club legend Marco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, and a lot of great players.
In that sense, with a lot of memorable matches been played at the San Siro, it makes the ground a historical turf and one of the respected stadiums in world football.
The capacity of the stadium sits at 80,018 and been one of the oldest ground in world football, it is rated as a fortress for the Italian giants. Without mincing word, San Siro is no doubt one of the best football grounds in the world.
- Maracana Stadium – (Brazil) – 78,838
The Maracana stadium is no doubt a symbolic ground for every Brazilian player, who has one way or the other grace the pitch through their club side or the national team. It’s most notable for hosting the World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, even though the host nation lost to the Uruguayan national team and a lot of other mouthwatering matches in the past.
The stadia is named after Rio Maracana, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro, it’s also often been selected for two Brazilian clubs Flamengo and Fluminense respectively, and it’s official capacity now stands at 78,838 having been reduced from its initial capacity when it was built in 1950.
Just like other stadiums, the Maracana has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events, which includes the 1980 and 1983 Volleyball matches between Brazil and USSR, the Pan American Games, and the opening and closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics plus the Summer Paralympic in the same year.
- Allianz Arena- (Germany) – 75,024
Allianz Arena, home of the Bundesliga champions Germany sits with 70,000 seating capacity for international matches and 75,000 for domestic matches.
Widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, it lay claim to being the Bundesliga’s and one of the world’s most unique thanks to the thousands of inflated plastic ‘cushions’ that make up its instantly recognizable facade. It is the second-largest arena in Germany behind Westfalenstadion in Dortmund.
FC Bayern Munich has played its home games at the Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005–06 season. The club had previously played their home games at the Munich Olympic Stadium since 1972. 1860 Munich previously had a 50% share in the stadium, but Bayern Munich purchased their shares for €11 million in April 2006 due to 1860 Munich suffering from financial issues.
- Estadio Wanda Metropolitano – (Spain) – 68,456
The Wanda is the new home turf of Los Rojiblancos having left their former home ground the Vincente De Calderon, and is no doubt one of the most aesthetically pleasing stadia in the globe for now.
It’s was opened in 2017 when it was completed with 68,456 capacity, and it has since hosted quite a number of matches. When it was first opened in 2017, it comfortably rivals Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu in terms of aesthetics and electrifying atmosphere.
The fans are right now not allowed into the stadia due to the virus, however, when the coast is clear and fans finally have access to the stand to support their darling team, it would also open doors for tourists in other for the club to enjoy more revenue.
- Bukit Jalil National Stadium
- Borg El-Arab Stadium
- Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
- Signal Iduna Park – (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
- Emirates Stadium – (Arsenal, England)
- Old Trafford – (Manchester United, England)
10 Footballers With Gambling Addiction
Gambling is widespread in the world of football today, whether you stake a little sum on matches or stake high, the fact still remains you are part of the gambling industry.
Gambling can be sometimes great and fun to involve in, but when it isn’t kept under control or play responsibly it becomes an addiction. That has been the case for some football stars who engaged themselves in gambling.
Despite the glitz and glam footballers enjoy, one of the darkest sides of some professional footballers is the kind of lifestyle they choose to live. Whether good or bad, those who manage to control their expensive lifestyle, gambling, or other things would have a wonderful time while still active or after retirement.
According to sources, hundreds of professional footballers have full-blown gambling addictions. This is something that you rarely hear about but it’s actually a serious problem. It’s easy to see why this happens. These guys have more money and free time than they know what to do with.
Also, many believe they have special insights into sports like football and know exactly where bets should be placed. Sadly, most of the time this belief is totally unfounded. Also, it’s not always sports betting. Some prefer to visit casinos and hit the slot machines or poker rooms.
Here, we’ll take a look at the players who are addicted to gambling during their careers.
- Scott Davies – (Ireland)
The Irish International has played most of his professional football in the lower leagues of English football. The Stains Town defender is one of the footballers who has seen the darkest side of gambling and did admit to heavy loss in casinos once he started earning large wages as a professional.
Davies now gives help and advice to others who have found themselves having similar problems in gambling addiction. After a few years away from gambling, his life has turned around working with an organization named EPIC Risk Management, where he delivers talks to clubs about gambling problems inviting the players to ask for help if they are struggling.
Early in his career, at age 16 he moved out of his parent’s house in Aylesbury to live alone in the digs at Reading, playing for the youth team Davies wages at the time was £50 a week, and got paid every Wednesday morning.
That was when his gambling act started, every of his salary was being spent at the bookmakers and since there is no one to checkmate him, it was the perfect avenue to avoid the age answer of him being eligible to place a bet or not, and each time he visited the bookmakers he would walk out with an empty pocket, with his salary for the week gone to gambling.
- Michael Chopra – (England)
Like Davies, like Chopra. The former Newcastle United and Sunderland forward also suffered from gambling addiction, having started betting at age 17 when he first played for Newcastle. Chopra claimed he gambled up to £30,000 in cash with other players on the team bus en route to matches while he was a teenager at St James’s Park, and lost over £2m to gambling.
His gambling problem was so bad that he would set his alarm for 3 am so he could place a bet on games that were taking place in South American with the bookmaker.
He also joined Sunderland to pay off his debts, which started out when he was just a young lad, Chopra was also faced with additionally severe charges from the British Horseracing Authority for suspicious betting activity.
Chopra’s story is one that is clouded by controversy off the pitch with gambling addiction. However, his talent brought a lot of joy to thousands of fans who saw him played. Perhaps he shouldn’t have involved himself with what he thought was a team bonding activity, but for Chopra, it became a destructive vice to him which made him bankrupt and led to his parents selling their home to pay for his debts.
- David Bentley – (England)
The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder began his gambling as a youth player age 14 at Arsenal. During that time, he used to go to the betting shop with his mates at first and with their dads as well. Bentley’s gambling addiction grew bigger when he started to earn more money, which made him bet on everything including horses, dogs, online poker, and American sports.
Bentley was so addicted to gambling that he thought of nothing early in the morning rather than going to the betting shop to place a bet, even what was his primary assignment which is to play football, he didn’t quite think much about it the way he thinks of gambling.
Bentley’s healing from gambling addiction was aided, thanks to his agent and girlfriend who helped him overcome his addiction, and say goodbye to greyhounds, horse racing betting, and online poker with up to 100 bets a day.
The former England international is now doing well running several businesses across Europe, among them is his restaurant business in Marbella, Spain.
- Eidur Gudjohnsen – (Iceland)
The former Chelsea and Iceland forward did enjoy a successful career that spanned two decades, but one thing he failed to conquer during his trophy-laden career was falling victim to gambling. Gudjohnsen gambling addiction first started when he was recovering from an injury, which he used in pushing himself back to full fitness.
Just like other players who were addicted to gambling, Eidur admitted to the fact that he lost almost half a million pounds in just a few months, with roulette wheels and blackjack his games of choice when he missed out on football due to injury.
His addiction was so deep that Eidur compared winning a bet to scoring a goal, as such he got rooted to betting which spiraled out of control and eventually ran him into a £6m debt.
In 2009, having found a way to conquer his habit, he quit gambling and he has since being a coach, managing FH Hafnarfjardar in the Icelandic League. Thanks to his vehement decision which he took to stop gambling, perhaps that act may have ruined his life and football career.
- Dominic Matteo – (Scotland)
Matteo is a former Scottish professional footballer, whose career spanned 17 years, making 366 league and cup appearances, of which 276 were in the Premier League.
Matteo didn’t just have a thriving career, he was also one of the very renowned players who had a serious gambling problem, which made him accumulated around £1m in debts and declared bankruptcy.
In addition to Matteo’s losing seven figures to betting, he also admitted to betting £100,000 on a single horse. In 2011 he opened up about his addiction in his biography ‘In My Defence‘ and interviews promoting his book. In the book, he explained how he had gambled away his fortune and what should be his daughter’s inheritance.
Having gone through the terrible experience of gambling, Matteo raised awareness and help others to avoid committing the same mistakes, he committed while playing professionally and also gambled away his fortune plus that of his daughter.
- Paul Merson – (England)
The former Arsenal midfielder had to battle plenty of addiction during his playing career, from drug to alcohol, to gamble which had a negative effect on his football.
When he eventually quit alcohol and drugs, he replaced them with betting and reportedly spent thousands of pounds at a time on a regular basis to bet, which cumulated into around £7m debt forcing him to sell his house at the time.
According to Merson, “Wagering bets was more challenging to stop than any substance he’s ever consumed“, when he was very active patronizing the bookmakers he lost up to £30,000 in one round of betting.
In 2008 he gave up his £300,000 home having missed his mortgage payments agreeing to gamble addiction rehab.
After his retirement, he has since been working in the media as a pundit, co-hosting football program. In 2019, Merson talked about how he had relapsed in battling his alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction which even led to depression.
However, Merson was able to fight and won all of his addiction in the end, and now maintain a life away from all of his past.
- Joey Barton – (England)
The current Fleetwood Town manager in League One and former Manchester City midfielder has a record of being on the forefront of controversy off and on the pitch during his professional career. Coupled with the fact that, he also had a record of gambling addiction which got him in trouble in 2017, when he was banned by the Football Association for breaching betting rules.
It was reported that Barton placed 1,260 bets during his active days, even during his time at Rangers he was also banned for breaking Scottish Football Association betting rules. The former Newcastle United was also once jailed for assault given credence to how controversial he was.
Barton also admitted to betting on games he was involved in, which says a lot about his addiction. However, despite being very active in gambling the former Burnley man never for once got involved in match-fixing which could have spell doom for him.
Away from his gambling problem, he now enjoys life as a football manager in the lower division of English football.
- Andros Townsend – (England)
The Crystal Palace forward has become a key player for the Selhurst Parkside in recent seasons, with his display on the wing helping the Eagles in the Premier League this season.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man is another victim of gambling addiction, who fell foul of the FA betting rules when his gambling habit got out of control during his loan days at Birmingham City.
According to him, he revealed that before his then team Birmingham faced Blackpool in the first leg of the 2012 Championship play-off semi-final, he lost £46,000 on a single match lying down on a bed, due to the fact that he couldn’t sleep pondering about what was the biggest match of the season for him and the Birmingham team.
It’s was reported that it was boredom in a hotel room that got him into betting, when he saw a free betting ad on his phone, he downloaded it and he got addicted to betting.
After he got caught by the FA, Townsend went for counseling to help his addiction, and thankfully it helps saved his career and likewise saved him from destruction in the hands of sports gamble.
- Dietmar Hamann – (Germany)
Hamann is no doubt one of Germany’s brilliant midfielders during his career. The former Liverpool maestro suffered a lot of addiction among them was betting following the breakdown of his marriage, an experience he described as a painful and expensive experience.
During his torrid time, he revealed how he once lost £288,400 on a single bet on cricket in a match that involved Australia and South Africa.
In his autobiography ‘The Didi Man’ My Love Affair with Liverpool, he also revealed better how he placed a bet on Australia for €3,365 at 340 runs, which means for each runs over 340 you win €3,365 but for every run under you lose the same amount.
In what happened to be a sad story for Didi, unfortunately, Australia collapsed for 237 runs, which cost him €345,900, and for every wicket lost it’s felt like a stab in the heart to the former Champions League winner.
Hamann gave up his addiction the next day, having lost a huge amount of money placing a bet on Australia, and realized he was going out of the board. Since then things changed for him and won his battle.
- Kyle Lafferty – (Northern Ireland)
For those who don’t know much about the former Rangers forward, Lafferty’s goals were very crucial to Northern Ireland’s qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France.
Lafferty was also one of the players that got an addiction problem in betting, he admitted that boredom played a major reason for his online gambling once training and matches are over.
Lafferty was able to surmount his demons all thanks to his wife Vanessa and the birth of their daughter, Sienna who had a stabilizing effect on him, claiming “I have someone else’s life to look after as well“.
Before the support of his wife, which helped him stay out of betting he was charged and fine by the FA for £23,000.
The Reggina man in the Seria B now plays his football without the fear of going back into betting, and despite not playing in the big leagues anymore, he still remains one of Northern Ireland’s key figures when called to play for his country.
As a footballer, many factors could contribute to footballers getting themselves into gambling, which includes boredom from injuries or using gamble as a way to catch fun which in the end pushed them into addiction.
As much as it looks like having fun, when involved in betting of some sort, staking responsibly is key and it shouldn’t be an everyday routine. Once it becomes that then it has become an addiction.
BE GAMBLE AWARE, BET RESPONSIBLY. STAKE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSE. DON’T GET ADDICTED