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just his pet daschund for com­pany. The Dane had nu­mer­ous run-ins with his neigh­bours, who com­plained about El­strup’s “bizarre singing, and his dog’s wail­ing”. The racket came to an end when he upped sticks and joined the Wild Goose re­li­gious sect. “The peo­ple there un­der­stand me bet­ter,” he said.

Noisy neigh­bours

“Wayne and Coleen [be­low] apol­o­gise for the noise and any of­fence caused,” said a spokesman for the Rooneys in 2010, af­ter lo­cals com­plained about the 1am racket made at their son Kai’s first birth­day party. “It was dis­grace­ful,” wailed one none-too-happy neigh­bour. “There was rap mu­sic blast­ing – and on a Sun­day night, too.” To be fair, baby Kai was a huge Jay-Z fan.

“Go and get the bat…”

Af­ter tak­ing ex­cep­tion to a co­hort of trav­el­ling fair­ground folk set­tling at the bot­tom of his gar­den one week­end, for­mer Wim­ble­don mid­fielder Vin­nie Jones de­cided he’d ask them to leave in his own tact­ful man­ner. Their re­sponse was to take a base­ball bat to the hard­man’s car, which he drove into train­ing on Mon­day. Mi­nus a wind­screen. “Good week­end, Vin­nie?” chuck­led man­ager Bobby Gould. “I’ve had worse, boss,” came the re­sponse.

Buf­fon’s bed­room Olympics

When Ital­ian goal­keep­ing roy­alty Gian­luigi Buf­fon hooked up with Ital­ian jour­nal­ist Ilaria D’Amico in 2014, the Ju­ven­tus stop­per’s neigh­bours reck­oned they were a bit too close, too of­ten. “They’re at it like rab­bits, day and night – the noise is un­ac­cept­able,” com­plained one out­raged neigh­bour. Ilaria gave birth to the cou­ple’s first child in Septem­ber 2015, which may well have cur­tailed their noc­tur­nal shenani­gans.

Eadie Rider

What bet­ter way to welcome your new team-mate to the club than in­vite him around to your house and scream around the neigh­bour­hood on minia­ture bikes? That’s what Leicester’s Rob­bie Sav­age did when Dar­ren Eadie signed from Nor­wich in 1999, and pretty soon, the pair had se­ri­ously irked Sav’s neigh­bours. When Sav­age’s dog sit­ter had a pedal, too, the police were sum­moned and the bikes swiftly went back in the garage. Very wise. He’s in­vested $13m help­ing to de­velop his own vine­yard, Bodega Ini­esta Rate to stay at Ini­esta’s win­ery on Airbnb (his for­mer team-mate Ronald­inho’s Brazil­ian pad is $20,000 a night)

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Sexy Cool Jamie Vardy Chia pet Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver Ridicu­lous He stud­ied a Roger Fed­erer DVD in 2010 to help him cope men­tally with an in­jury

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Peo­ple watch­ing on TVs world­wide when his goal won the 2010 World Cup for Spain against the Dutch As a kid he dreamed of play­ing for Real, but his par­ents didn’t want him to live in Madrid He’s the ninth-most liked ath­lete on Face­book

Amount he gave to child­hood club Al­bacete in 2013 to help keep them afloat

Pos­i­tive en­ergy duly in­stalled in Cardiff The Buf­fons, with the re­sult of all those late nights

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