Let’s do something you nice people almost never do — talk about footballers.
Ramble of the Day
My older sister was showing me Roberto Soldado’s Instagram story, on which he was showing the world his very fancy house. She said something along the lines of, “Damn, he has a nice house!” I swiftly replied, saying something like, “Of course he does. It is obligatory to be a relatively well known footballer and have a very fancy house.”
It is obviously normal for rich people to have big houses, and footballers are no exception, especially since most of them live with lots of people (mostly their significant others and their children). Have you folks noticed, though, that basically all footballers live in houses even if they do not live with a lot of people?
I cannot think of a relatively rich footballer that was either single or only lived with one other person who has lived or lives in an apartment. For example, in a New York Times piece from January, it was revealed that Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron “lives alone in a five-bedroom house” that he rents, though he does have two dogs. Being that he is from the United States, it is possible that all of that room comes in handy in case a number of friends or family members visit at the same time. However, I cannot help but wonder what he does with all of that space.
This also reminds me of a different way professional footballers like to spend their money — or at least Major League Soccer players. They really do seem to love their cosmetics bags, or whatever men like to call them. Many of them happen to have Louis Vuitton bags.
Sometimes, even a Louis Vuitton backpack shows up.
They are not always Louis Vuitton, though. Take a look at former Tottenham player Giovanni dos Santos and his bag of choice.
I am sure there are other things that footballers like to splurge on, like having multiple Christmas trees in one house and playing on expensive golf courses during preseason. I will, however, leave it there for today, knowing that there is so much ground still to be covered. At least there will be more rambles!
Ramble of the Day
Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli is the best player for his age.
FIFA has plans to launch a league for women’s national teams.
The list of potential host cities for the joint Canada-Mexico-United States 2026 World Cup bid has been cut to 23.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s knee injury will likely keep him out for the rest of Everton’s season, but he may still be healthy in time for the World Cup.
Huddersfield’s Danny Williams will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his fibula.
UEFA have charged Beşiktaş with “insufficient organization” after a cat stopped play in their Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
Today’s longer read: Suzanne Wrack on the needing to treat female footballers as equals for The Guardian