Footballers are struggling to sell their lavish multi-million pound mansions when they move clubs – because no one else can afford them
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Emile Heskey and Wes Brown are all struggling to sell
- Cheshire’s Golden Triangle boasts five of UK’s ten most expensive roads
- Even Jacuzzis, triple garages and beauty salons can’t tempt the buyers
- Many stars are resorting to rent rather than sell up when they transfer
The multi-million pound mansions of footballers and their other halves are the envy of most, but apparently no-one wants to buy them.
Cheshire’s Golden Triangle is home to several of the luxury homes, snapped up by footballers for northern Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
But the sportsmen – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Emile Heskey and Wes Brown – struggle to sell on the top properties when they transfer.
The area around Wilmslow, Knutsford, Prestbury and Alderley Edge boasts five of the 10 most expensive streets in the North West.
But while the exclusivity is part of the lure for the big earning and big spending footballers, it can throw a spanner in the works when they try to sell up.
As a result, owners are forced to slashing price in a desperate bid to flog the properties. One couple struggling to sell up is former Man United player Wes Brown, 35, and his wife Leanne Wassell.
They put their Prestbury mansion – which boasts Wayne Rooney for a neighbour – on the market in July 2010 when Brown moved to Sunderland.
The property was originally up for £4.5million, but the couple were forced to knock £1.5million off the price tag in an attempt to sell.
A local estate agent told journalist Phil Cardy for the Sunday People, that with their enormous pay packets these footballers can afford the best.
‘But all they can sell to is other players or wealthy businessmen,’ the estate agent added. ‘The players who did buy places are now stuck with them.’
Former Liverpool player Heskey, 37, and his wife Chantelle put their six-bed property on the market in September 2014, but the £2.6million price-tag seems to be putting people off.
Former Man City and Blackburn Rovers player Ashley Ward, 44, and his wife Dawn put their home on the market in October 2013 for £13.5million.
The 11-bed home comes with 12 acres of land, a sun room, a beauty salon, cinema room, games room, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym.
Mikael Silvestre, 37, and his wife Severine have also been struggling to pass on their £4.2million, six-bedroom home since August 2008.
Ex-Man United captain Nemanja Vidic, 33, and his wife Ana have been trying to sell their five-bed home – on the market for £2.5million – since July 2014, when Vidic moved to Italy.
But even the triple garage isn’t enough to tempt buyers.
Meanwhile ex-Liverpool player Steve McManaman, 43, and his wife Victoria have found themselves unable to move on from their eight-bed mansion, which has been on the market since June 2014.
Many Premier League footballers now rent instead of buy their mansions, to solve the problem of moving on.
For example, Portuguese football star Ronaldo, 30, who is struggling to sell off his five-bed property, which comes complete with pool, Jacuzzi, gym and wine store.
He put the house on the market in July 2009 for £3.8million when he left Man United for Real Madrid.
He has given up trying to sell it for the time being and instead rents it to United’s Luke Shaw for £7,000 a month.