Sunday 4 December 2016

Damien Duff on how his mam looks after his money

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 10/03/2016 | 19:47

Damien Duff won 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland
Damien Duff won 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland

He was a leader on the pitch, but when it comes to his finances, football legend Damien Duff has revealed that his mother takes charge.

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Despite being one of Ireland’s most sought after players and enjoying big pay packets during his career, Duff said he has no interest in his bank balance.

“I’ve never been big on the money thing; my mam still looks after my money,” the former Chelsea star said.

“I’m still on pocket money from my mam. I just have a card and go and take my money out of the wall - I let her deal with everything.”

“I’m not stupid when it comes to that (money). I’m not interested, maybe because I have earned quite a lot.  But  I have my cards, I go and do the shopping and that’s it.”

The Dubliner admitted that he is financially “comfortable”, but said he is more concerned with ensuring his childrens’ health and happiness.

The dad of two endured a scare after his son Woody (5) was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition that required surgery when he was just 6 months old.

“Football is a well paid sport so I’m lucky that way but it doesn’t necessarily bring happiness,” he told the Ray D’Arcy show on RTE Radio 1

“I know I have been lucky earning an awful lot of money, but after what went on with Woody, I just want himself and Darcy to be happy and healthy,”

The 37-year-old will donate all of his wages during his 18-month contract at Shamrock Rover to  Temple Street Hospital and Heart Children Ireland.

While he has yet to decide his next move, the Ballyboden described being a stay at home dad as “amazing”.

“I never really had the chance to do it, so it’s great to get time with them now, although they are probably sick of me already.”

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