Eight surprising but brilliant things footballers do away from the pitch

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Here’s the moment @Grantholt31 won a 40 person Rumble on his wrestling debut for @WAW_UK. Go on Holty! pic.twitter.com/Y9KW8W0vBY— BBC Radio Norfolk (@BBCNorfolk) September 22, 2018Here at talkSPORT.com, minds haven’t been as collectively blown like that since discovering Steve Bruce is a published author.The former Man United captain and current Aston Villa manager penned three murder mystery books between 1999 and 2000, which focused on a football manager called Steve Barnes.It really is one of the best bits of news to come out of football and here talkSPORT looks at other weird and wonderful things players have done or taken part in away from the pitch such as Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech’s drum solos and Joe Allen rescuing chickens. BEST OF impact 8 3. Mario Balotelli backed a firework safety campaign – Balotelli’s time in England produced many magic moments and stories – not all true – but our favourite incident came in 2011 when fireworks were lit in his bathroom by a ‘friend’. Chaos followed and thousands of pounds worth of damage was inflicted. Days later the Man City player was backing a firework safety campaign. Sensational. 1. Steve Bruce is a published author – It has been revealed the Aston Villa manager is the author of three books about a footy boss who solves crimes in his spare time. Striker, Sweeper and Defender were published between 1999 and 2000, but when asked if he planned to write anymore, he said: “No, have you read them? Go and read them and you’ll understand why.” One review on Amazon begins like this: “This is a vexing book. On the one hand it is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read, yet it is hugely satisfying.” The picture, above, is taken from eBay where a copy of Striker had been on sale for £250. RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow 6. Leroy Fer accidentally buys a horse for €30,000 – “S***, I’ve got a horse,” Fer thought to himself, wondering where he’d keep the animal considering he was living in an apartment at the time. The Swansea man was playing for Dutch club Twente in 2012 when a friend invited him along to an auction for racehorses. He decided to make an offer when the bidding reached €30,000, believing it would sell for a lot more money. It didn’t, but fortunately for him he wasn’t stuck with the animal for long. “Thankfully, about 10 minutes later, someone came up to me and said: ‘Do you really want that horse?’ I said: ‘Nah, I was just fooling around.’ He offered to buy it off me for €35,000, so I made a bit of money.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 5. Dion Dublin joins the Homes Under the Hammer crew – After playing football Dublin created an instrument he named the Dube, a cube-shaped drum where four of the sides are playable surfaces. Then in 2015 he became a presenter on Homes Under the Hammer alongside Martin Roberts. The man has many talents, doesn’t he? 7. Gianfranco Zola launches his own range of frozen pizzas – What should Italy international Gianfranco Zola endorse? Pizza, of course. The Chelsea man and Stateside Pizza teamed up to create two offerings in 1997. One was a Margarita and the other was ham & pepperoni, which were sold exclusively by Tesco for a month. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Most popular football news 8 8 REVEALED 8 Grant Holt won a 40-man Royal Rumble-style wrestling event.Yes, as in the former Norwich City striker. 2. Joe Allen saves chickens – Outside of football, Allen and his wife look after chickens. “My wife, Lacey, was behind the decision,” he told Chicken & Egg magazine. “We both have an interest in animal welfare but she came up with the idea to save hens and I agreed that it was something that would be great to do.” REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice 8 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 8 8 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 8 4. Petr Cech’s drumming videos on YouTube – Have a look at his YouTube channel and you’ll see a very good drummer. “There are so many things I learn on the drums that I can use in goalkeeping as well, because the hand-eye coordination and the independence on each of the limbs is helpful,” he told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. Sadly, he hasn’t updated the channel in a while. 9. Young Emile Heskey nails assault course on kids TV show, then gets dissed by Rod Hull – In the late eighties, the former Leicester and Liverpool striker appeared on kids TV with Rod Hull and Emu. Representing the Eighth Leicester Boys Brigade, Heskey, whose name was pronounced ‘Emily’ much to his embarrassment, nailed the assault course in the Emu Challenge to win money for a local bible society. “Back then that was the biggest show for kids on telly,” he explained in 2012. “You were either on it or you were watching it.”last_img

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