House hunt: How footballers kick off their search

Footballer Lionel Messi's football-shaped house, designed by architect Luis de Garrido. Far from the nightlife of Sitges 20 minutes up the road, Messi ferries his sons to and from school and leads a private life. Former football star David Beckham's
Footballer Lionel Messi's football-shaped house, designed by architect Luis de Garrido. Far from the nightlife of Sitges 20 minutes up the road, Messi ferries his sons to and from school and leads a private life. PHOTO: LUIS DE GARRIDO

Unlike in the past, players get advice as they navigate property market during club transfers

Imagine: You are a man in his early 20s who has never owned a bedside lamp, let alone a home. You have many girlfriends, but are effectively single. Suddenly you move to a city you have never seen before, where you can afford to buy any house (or houses) you like. You do not know whether you will stay for nine months or a lifetime. You will be gawked at every time you drive out of your electric gates.

This is the situation in which many footballers will find themselves when they change clubs in this month's transfer window. How will they cope? How and where do the world's best players live?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'House hunt: How footballers kick off their search'. Print Edition | Subscribe