Premier League footballer forced to pay out in divorce case

A former Premier League footballer has settled in High Court, following a split from his ex-wife 18 months earlier.

His wife, a beautician, was awarded £200,000 a year to cover costs for her and their children.

She was also awarded a £300,000 lump sum.

Mrs Justice Roberts based her decision on how the professional footballer and his former wife lived for the duration of their marriage.

The court heard how the footballer was making more than £2 million a year in England, and later £1 million a year in France.

The player and his wife also rented a £52,000-a-year mansion in northern England, boasting four bathrooms, five reception rooms, a gym and garden hot tub.

Furthermore, his property portfolio included a £500,000 apartment in France, and a Miami condominium bought “off-plan” for $1 million.

The Judge also heard how the player had spent a “six-figure” sum on holiday in LA, shortly after the marriage broke down.

Judge Roberts said: “Both parties accept that they lived life to the full with virtually no constraints on their ability to indulge themselves in terms of discretionary spending on clothes, holidays and (if I may be forgiven for describing it as such) the paraphernalia which so often features in these lifestyle choices.

“Much criticism is made by (his legal) team of her aspirations to perpetuate that lifestyle following the demise of her relationship with (him).

“They accuse her of overspending on all fronts from her current rented home to the sums she spends on holidays and clothes for herself.”

The judge added: “(Her legal) team, in their turn, point to the fact that (his) own spending has continued unchecked since the separation some 18 months ago.

“They point to a six figure sum which he spent on a holiday to Los Angeles with friends in the aftermath of the separation.

“He accepts this criticism to an extent; he told me that he felt frustrated by the breakdown of the marriage and the litigation which ensued.

“He accepts that he overspent on the trip.”

The ex-wife’s representation had argued for £318,000 a year, and a £745,000 lump sum.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010.