Thursday 23 November 2017

Spending six-figure sum on a holiday, condos in Miami - lifestyle of ex-Premier League footballer revealed in court

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Brian Farmer, Press Association

THE millionaire lifestyle of a former Premier League footballer has been revealed in a judge's ruling following a family court hearing in England.

Mrs Justice Roberts said the footballer could not be identified.

But the ruling said he was 27, had played for a Premier League club in England and now played abroad.

The judge said she had been asked to decide how much money the footballer should give to his estranged wife - a beautician - following the breakdown of their marriage.

Mrs Justice Roberts ruled that the footballer should pay her £200,000-a-year maintenance. She had wanted around £300,000.

The judge said she had analysed the case at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier this month.

She told how:

* He had earned about £1 million-a-year in France and had earned about £2 million-a-year in England.

* The couple had lived in a rented house in the north of England which had four bathrooms, five reception rooms, a gym, plus a large garden with a decked area and a hot tub.

* He had spent a "six-figure sum" on a holiday in Los Angeles with friends because he was "frustrated" when his marriage broke down after less than two years.

* He owned a "modest" £500,000 property in France - plus a flat in France.

* He had bought a condominium in Miami "off plan" for nearly $1 million US dollars.

"Both parties accept that they lived life to the full with virtually no constraints on their ability to indulge themselves in terms of discretionary spending on clothes, holidays and (if I may be forgiven for describing it as such) the paraphernalia which so often features in these lifestyle choices," said the judge.

"Much criticism is made by (his legal) team of her aspirations to perpetuate that lifestyle following the demise of her relationship with (him).

"They accuse her of overspending on all fronts from her current rented home to the sums she spends on holidays and clothes for herself."

The judge added: "(Her legal) team, in their turn, point to the fact that (his) own spending has continued unchecked since the separation some 18 months ago.

"They point to a six figure sum which he spent on a holiday to Los Angeles with friends in the aftermath of the separation.

"He accepts this criticism to an extent; he told me that he felt frustrated by the breakdown of the marriage and the litigation which ensued.

"He accepts that he overspent on the trip."

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