Ve­gard Heggem

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Buc­ca­neer­ing for­mer Liver­pool right-back – a reg­u­lar pick for two terms in the late-90s and the man brought off so Steven Ger­rard could make his de­but in 1998. Prior to that, Heggem headed the win­ner at the San Siro for Rosen­borg in the Cham­pi­ons League. In­jured while play­ing with Nor­way at Euro 2000, he re­tired in ’03 at the age of just 28.

Well that’s no age. So what did he do?

He be­came a sal­mon fish­er­man, ob­vi­ously. Heggem has helmed Au­nan Lodge, on the River Orkla’s banks in Sor-tron­de­lag, since per­sis­tent ham­string prob­lems ended his play­ing days. “I can’t imag­ine a bet­ter job than be­ing a host for fish­er­men from all over the world that come here to hunt for At­lantic sal­mon,” he said last Oc­to­ber.

That sounds fishy...

Look, he just loves sal­mon, all right? “It is a big fighter,” he says of the At­lantic kind – his favourite. “If you hook it, your heart pumps straight away. It’s so strong.”

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