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.
“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.
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
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