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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Damien Duff in line for €1.2m windfall

Gordon Deegan

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Damien Duff celebrates scoring against Wales in Dublin in 2011
Damien Duff celebrates scoring against Wales in Dublin in 2011

Damien Duff is in line for a pre-tax €1.2m windfall arising from the wind-up of his UK commercial firm.

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The Dubliner may no longer enjoy the massive weekly wage packets enjoyed by Premier League footballers after his retirement, but he can console himself with the cash pile that will be left over from his UK firm, Lightzest UK.

Filings lodged with Companies House in the UK show that Duff (37) has liquidated the firm and the estimated surplus after all debts have been paid off totals £982,845. (€1.239m).

The figures show that at the time of liquidation, the firm had a cash pile of £1.016m but total debts of £34,000.

Duff, from Ballyboden in Dublin, has been tipped to fill the spot to be vacated by RTE's 'senior analyst' John Giles after the soccer legend completes his contract with RTE after the upcoming European Championship.

In an interview last month, Duff - who recently featured as a pundit on RTE - said that he "never liked punditry, I never liked pundits but at the same time you're sitting at home and you need to go and try something, I guess."

In the same interview, Duff said that he is keeping himself busy after his recent retirement from the game and revealed that he has even played a game in the Leinster Senior Cup.

Prior to moving back to Ireland where he played for Shamrock Rovers, Duff had been plying his trade in Australia after making his fortune in the English Premier League.

The Dubliner retired from international duty in summer 2012 but remained one of Ireland's most popular sportsmen long after his retirement from the national team.

Duff competed for Ireland in the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2012 where he made his final appearance for his country against Italy when he captained the side.

At the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Duff was voted Ireland's player of the tournament and the winger made it to the UEFA's team of the year the same year.

The following year, Duff enjoyed one of his greatest paydays during his professional career when he moved to Chelsea from Blackburn for £17m.

During his time with Chelsea, Duff won two Premier League titles and a League Cup with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

Duff also played for Newcastle and Fulham.

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