Thursday 8 December 2016

Following Joleon Lescott apology, five other sports star who flashed the cash on social media

Published 15/02/2016 | 12:33

Jolean Lescott posted an image of a flash sports car after being thumped by Liverpool
Jolean Lescott posted an image of a flash sports car after being thumped by Liverpool

Joleon Lescott apologised to Aston Villa fans on Sunday after tweeting a picture of a £125,000 sports car soon after the club's 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

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The 33-year-old defender claimed the tweet was a "total accident" which happened when his phone was in his pocket while driving, but he nevertheless incurred the wrath of angry Villa supporters.

Here are other incidents when sportsmen - intentionally or otherwise - have flaunted their wealth on social media.

Plane show-off

Unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is swift in the ring but even quicker to show his riches on social media. Mayweather often posts pictures sitting next to bundles of cash but he surpassed himself in January 2015 when posting a snap online standing in front of a fleet of luxury cars and his own private jet, and wrote: 'Welcome to my toy world! Who wants to come out and play?' The total cost of the vehicles was put at £5.55million, and that did not even include the price of the plane.

Taking the Michael

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra deleted his Twitter account minutes after apparently posting a photograph of thousands of pounds of cash. Chopra was loaned £250,000 by Ipswich in 2011 to help pay off gambling debts, and later said he could not afford to pay £50,000 to defend himself at an inquiry into horse racing corruption. But, just before closing down his account in February 2013, he posted the cash photo and tweeted: "Keep tweeting me about being in debt haha love it #cash #skint #lol #lendmeafiver."

Home sweet home

Cristiano Ronaldo could never be accused of shyness but opening the doors for a video tour of his plush £4.8million Madrid mansion took his preening to new heights. Ronaldo gave viewers a peek at his bedroom, living room and garden, complete with swimming pool, hot tub and mini-goals where he has a kick-about with Cristiano Jnr. There is also an obligatory trophy room and viewers discovered that Ronaldo even has his initials on various surfaces.

Wrong call

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel produced a move straight out of the Mayweather playbook when a video was posted of him showing off to pals in June 2014. Manziel, a former college star who revels in the nickname 'Johnny Football', pretended to use a stack of cash as a cellphone, saying he couldn't hear "because there was too much money in his hand". Cue Cleveland fans being Browned off.

Casino cash

Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley was dropped for a game at Tottenham in May 2013 after being pictured lying flat on the floor of a casino in a pile of £50 notes. Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio was enraged by Bardsley and team-mate Matthew Kilgallon being out until the early hours so close to the final game of the season. But it was Bardsley's crass show of wealth which went down badly with supporters in a part of the country where money is traditionally tight.

Bum deal

West Brom fans felt Liam Ridgewell had some cheek when he was pictured in December 2012 squatting over a toilet and wiping his backside with a wad of £20 notes. Dozens of £20 notes were scattered in front of him with the defender apparently using the cash instead of toilet roll. Ridgewell later apologised for the snap taken at his £1.5million Birmingham home, saying the "joke" was to wind up a friend he had won a personal bet with and had not been intended for public viewing.

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