Why do footballers choose Ibiza?

It is a common perception that the modern day footballer is so far removed from reality. Perhaps in the majority of cases this school of thought is correct, but not it seems, when it comes to holiday destinations.

The majority of Premier League footballers have been reluctantly skulking back to pre-season training this week.

Now, this is by no means a sympathy plug for the professional footballer, after all some players can earn more money in a month than average man or women takes home in a lifetime.

Nevertheless, some of the world’s most talented players are currently being put through their paces, pushing themselves to the limit with the dreaded bleep test and endless hours in the gymnasium. The weeks of relaxing in their lavish pads or on the beach are over for another year.

It is a common perception that the modern day footballer is so far removed from reality. Perhaps in the majority of cases this school of thought is correct, but not it seems, when it comes to holiday destinations.

Thousands upon thousands of British people flock to Ibiza during the party season, and now it seems they are being joined by footballers.

Over the last two years the likes of Premier League based Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and John Heitinga have holidayed on the island, while the Spanish contingent of Pepe Reina, David Villa, Carlos Puyol and Guti visit frequently. Dutch sensation Wesley Sneijder even got married in Ibiza.

So what is it about the White Isle that appeals to people who could financially afford to holiday anywhere in the world?
Helena from Ibiza Travel reveals all: “Famous people, such as footballers, can live without the threat of the paparazzi taking photographs of them.

“By and large, wealthy people who wish to remain anonymous will be left to their own devices.

“And obviously because Ibiza is such a beautiful island to take a holiday on. It is particularly popular with famous people from the mainland and the UK.

“Ibiza offers the perfect mix of glamour and exclusivity for the rich and famous.”

Maybe so, but Chelsea striker refuted the opportunity for the privacy of his own villa, beach or pool to sit with his children beside thousands of tourists. One 22 year old girl, Elle, said: “He was right next to us! We couldn’t believe how close he was.”
Torres, 27, was without any sort of visual security either and seemingly unbothered by all the attention he was drawing.

“All the boys were having a good look to making sure it was him,” said Elle. “He had a lots of kids with him, so we didn’t want to disturb him.”

Another leading footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, attended the opening night of MTV last week arriving in a white stretched limo and pulling up in front of the hour long queue and headed straight to the VIP entrance.

Cesc Fabregas was also in Ibiza while mulling over his proposed move to Barcelona which looks set to go through later this summer.

 

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