Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks businesses and places that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love. [34][171], Despite the Champions League final performance and having established himself as a valuable player in his first year in Madrid (including being listed alongside Redondo in Real Madrid's technical director Jose Martinez/Pirri's end of season official report as one of the two "untouchables" around whom the team should be built for the coming campaign),[172] the arrival of a new club president in Florentino Pérez, closely followed by former Barcelona superstar midfielder Luís Figo in a club-record transfer, saw the club forced to sell several key players to reduce debt. [88] In January 1999, it was reported that McManaman was talking to Real with the player reportedly offered £60,000 a week and nearly £2 million as a signing on fee. "Some of the galacticos' wives are famous in their own right, but your average footballer's wife either has a job or is a mother, with all the stresses and strains of motherhood. Other outstanding goals during his Liverpool career included goals against Aston Villa, Newcastle United and scoring the winner in a match against Arsenal with a stunning volley, after which he won a PFA Player of the Month award in December 1997. “But Victoria and I wanted somewhere less hectic and more relaxing, so we bought the house here as a holiday home, with a view to living here permanently sometime. "Or I'd say that Steve was in marketing,'' she says. “So my main aim now is to spend more time with Victoria and take a hands-on role in raising my daughter.”. [241], In 2003–04, along with teammates Claude Makélélé (where McManaman was initially included in the exchange as part of Madrid's deal with Chelsea),[242] Fernando Hierro (who signed for Bolton Wanderers based on McManaman's advice[243][244]) and later Fernando Morientes, McManaman headed back to the Premier League. [89] On 30 January, McManaman passed a medical and signed an official pre-contract with the club which would make him the best paid British footballer to date. Alexandra Pilz finds out more. [4][5] He is currently a co-commentator on ESPN and BT Sport's football coverage. Inés Glorian recalls the life and journey that led her to the beautiful Mediterranean island. He used to have an annual salary of $4.2 million while he was at Madrid. 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[160] McManaman made his debut for Madrid on 22 August 1999 in the 2–1 La Liga win over Mallorca at the Son Moix stadium, Mallorca, where he assisted Fernando Morientes in scoring an injury time equaliser,[161] enabling Madrid to go on to win 2–1 with seconds remaining. Steve McManaman is an English former football player played as a midfielder, winger and playmaker for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City. From other sources, one gathers that the Beckhams failed to pick up on the finer points of galactico etiquette. McManaman never played for Keegan again as he was ruled out with injury[309] for Keegan's last couple of games before Keegan's shock resignation[310] from the England job in October 2000. When you have a chance to join clubs who are involved in the Champions' League every season, you have to consider it...I'm sure everyone must see the logic in that. Steve McMananman has an estimated net worth of $18 million in 2017. [70] Additionally, McManaman's role as the playmaking lynchpin in the side meant that scoring statistics alone would not measure his contributions, because even in games where he would not get a goal or an assist, he would often have started the move or delivered the key pass or two in the lead up. The transfer became one of the most high-profile Bosman rulings of all time. [356] By 2010, McManaman was appointed as a board director at Birmingham City, with fellow director Peter Pannu citing McManaman as being present when some critical board decisions were made – a claim which McManaman denied. [12] Both Rob Jones[137] and Robbie Fowler gave two interviews in 2012–13 in which they stated McManaman was the greatest player they ever played alongside,[138] with Fowler saying, "I've played with many, many great players. But, mirroring his ethos as a player, Steve’s never less than industrious. Since July 2010, having joined commentator Ian Darke and former Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann as well as Dutch International Ruud Gullit on the ESPN coverage team as a commentary analyst for the 2010 World Cup, McManaman then signed on with the network to be an in-game analyst for Major League Soccer and MLS Cup 2010,[369] the Premier League and even the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup, and had become a permanent co-commentator alongside Ian Darke for the tournament. "But once I got to know his personality, I fell head over heels in love. A hard-working, versatile and technically gifted player, McManaman was usually deployed as a winger, or occasionally as a central midfielder; his preferred position, however, was that of a more offensive and creative attacking midfielder, an uncommon position in the Premier League throughout his career. Within two weeks of arriving, a job came up teaching English law at university in Madrid. 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He needs the point of freedom...not provided in the English team" and that he was therefore by implication, difficult to place into Hoddle's system. 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The affable, 35-year-old Liverpudlian isn’t backward in coming forward with firm opinions, as armchair soccer fans are discovering. Perhaps not your usual, archetypal footballer’s wife. [77] A subsequent bid of £11 million from Juventus[78] in November of the same year was rejected by both club and player. Victoria loved Spain and all aspects of living the continental lifestyle, but she knew that life as a footballer’s partner was always going to be transient. [336], McManaman retired from his playing career after being released by Manchester City in 2005. The 45 years old professional is one of the most decorated English footballers to have played for a club abroad, he currently works as a co-commentator on BT Sports football coverage and has estimated net worth of $18 million in 2017. McMananman previously owned a $7 million house in Cheshire which he put on sale in 2016. [48] McManaman responded by joining The Times to write a weekly column, becoming the first footballer of his generation to do so. Britain’s best-known entrepreneur talks to Angela Sara West about his long-standing love affair with Mallorca and how he adores his favourite retreat here so much, he bought it twice!

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