See inside footballers' homes
We look inside multimillion pound properties owned or once owned by famous footballers, including Arsenal's captain, a controversial midfielder and perhaps the most famous player of all time.
Ever fancied living life like a Premier League footballer? We take a look inside four homes currently on the market that are either currently owned or have been owned by some of football's biggest stars.
Image: Hetheringtons - Rightmove
Robin van Persie
After the high profile departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal fans could be forgiven for getting twitchy at the news that Robin van Persie has just put his British home up for sale.
We're pretty sure the recently-appointed captain is going nowhere though - more likely he's treating himself and wife Bouchra to an upgrade after his on-the-field promotion. Whatever his reasons, Robin's plush £1.4 million home in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire is now available for anyone looking for decadant lifestyle of a modern footballer.
Gallery: take a closer look at Robin van Persie's £1.4 million home
It's fair to say Joey Barton is one of the game's more colourful characters. Following his much-talked-about summer move from Newcastle to QPR this summer, the Huyton-born midfield is now looking to sell his £1.4 million-valued home in the north-east as he looks to settle in the capital.
Reports suggest that Barton recently bought a Banksy original to put in the office of his new home. We're not quite sure about some of the artwork he's gone for here, however. But judge for yourself.
Gallery: step into Joey Barton's £1.4 million detached house
Phil Neville: £3.75 million
At the time it went on sale in November 2010, property website Rightmove described this flat as the most expensive in Manchester. Unfortunately for Phil, it appears to still be on the market - it seems like the credit crunch is hitting Britain's richest after all.
For the best part of £4 million, you'll get 4,950 square feet of real estate with expansive views across the city. Oh, and enough parking space to squeeze in five classic cars
Gallery: take a look inside Phil Neville's £3.75 million apartment
Back in his Manchester United days, Becks, like many at the club, owned a posh Cheshire home. This gorgeous Grade II property was home to the Beckhams in the noughties, and is now on the market for £2.25 million - a relative pittance when you compare it to the former England captain's £135 million worth today.
Nonetheless, the home is still pretty exclusive, and boasts a 35-foot long indoor swimming pool, among other mod-cons. Part of the reason the couple are likely to have chosen the property is its secluded location - at the end of a private road in Nether Alderley, it's a relative haven from the press.
Gallery: take a tour round David Beckham's £2.25 million former home
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I love your comment Mark Sheldon! Home is where the heart is. Not which material possessions you have to fill your home.
I really don't care whether they live in palaces or on the streets, my life is what it is, good and bad.Our paths don't cross so what does it matter?
I get pleasure from a few quid, they get theirs from a million or two, we just get it how it is in our own little world.
Dear Steve Jones and MSN especially - thanks again for another pointless and worthless article that is of little interest or use to anybody breathing and with half a brain.
You seem to think that all the British public is interested in is celebrity and football
The majority of the Editor's choice is the same - generally not the things that the hardworking and tax paying public is really interested in or worrying about
Seeing as a lot of people are struggling financially right now and are likely to continue to struggle as more and more price rises and taxes are introduce - do you think this is a good choice of subject right now ?
Get real and stop playing with you iPhone funtions
The likes of Joe Cole the worst thug and why is he on so much money is because of the idiots that pay to go and see a ball being kicked around. The worlds a mad place. Surgeons, Nurses, fire man, police etc should have the footballers salaries and the footballers should be on 20-30 k a year and play for the the love of the sport.
It's all ****.......and don't get me started on the bankers.
I think it's absolutely disgusting how football clubs throw money around like they are playing some oversized game of Monopoly. Personally I think it's wrong that a spitting, violent adulterer makes more money per month than a Brain Surgeon makes in a year.
like any other profession, footballers are entitled to earn a good living, recognise that their career is relatively short, However, I don't understand why its necessary for many of them to earn so much, at the end of the day, and as with everything else in this country Mr & Mrs public pay, this time thru ticket sales, shirt sales and so on..
Andrew H (Slayeroftheignorant)....... Are you honestly trying to justify the wages football players get? The average player in the Premier league must be on about £45,000 a week and what for? Keeping fit and playing the sport that they love, most people would do that anyway for £500 per week. The like's of Samual Eto, Yaya Toure, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and many more are on wages from £150,000 to £500,000 per week. It is just wrong.
Once upon a time I used to watch football and many other sports for just a licence fee, since sky, ESPN etc became involved, coverage has of course improved as has the amount of statistical garbage they spit out before, during and after each game along with an ever increasing subscription cost. Surely by selling TV rights all over the world, prices could come down ?.
At the same time many of these fine upstanding athletes in between beating and cheating on their wife's, drinking and driving, nobbling people in night clubs, and so on ....are sure to be filling in their tax returns in order that they pay their dues into our tax system like the rest of us (yeh right), I really don't begrudge anyone making a decent living but there is a difference between wealth and obscenity
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