News broke this week that Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom – who is currently enjoying loan a spell at Derby County – was forced to abandon his £100k Porsche Panamera Turbo in a boggy puddle after following his sat nav down a woodland path.
The brain-dead footy ace blamed a dodgy GPS system and a lack of knowledge of the local area for the embarrassing mishap but luckily, a Derby County representative was on hand to dig Wisdom out of a figurative hole and rush him to Saturday’s game.
But Wisdom’s moment of madness isn’t the first football-related automotive mishap to happen over recent years. Here is a selection of the finest…
Jermaine Pennant forgets he owns a Porsche
Stoke City star Pennant hit the headlines in 2011 when he abandoned his Porsche in the Zaragoza train station car park after making the switch from the Spanish league back to the Premiership. The expensive Porker was left unattended for five months despite the Spanish club getting in contact numerous times. To make matters worse, Real Zaragoza representatives eventually broke into the Porsche – that boasted the number plate P33NNT – only to find the keys had been left on the seat.
Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole accused of car vandalism
Former Sunderland teammates Bendtner and Cattermole landed themselves in hot water in 2012 when the pair were accused of vandalising cars on a night out. The vehicles in question were parked on Stowell Street in Newcastle's China Town – only a few hundred yards from bitter rivals Newcastle United's Sports Direct Arena. Bendtner was eventually cleared and Cattermole was granted unconditional bail.
Phil Bardsley parks on zebra crossing to collect winnings
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley caught the attention of police in 2011 when he parked his Range Rover on a zebra crossing in order to collect winnings from a bookmakers. At the time, magistrates said they would have fined him £10,000, based on his £31,000-a-week salary, if they had the power to do so but instead he received points on his licence and a £900 penalty. Unfortunately, Bardsley already had nine points on his licence for speeding so also faced a lengthy ban.
Michael Owen’s Merc gets egged by teammates
To celebrate (or possibly commiserate) Owen’s retirement from the beautiful game earlier this year, his friendly Stoke teammates decided to cover his beloved Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG in eggs and flour just hours before his final appearance. The diminutive striker took to Twitter to air his frustration, saying: “This is what I will miss once I hang up my boots! Looks like I may be delayed getting to the match #eggs&flour.”
Picture from Twitter/MichaelOwen