February 25, 2024

Ex-Prem ace who did jail time blew £10m fortune after forgetting he bought a mansion | Football | Sport

Ex-Premier League star Jermaine Pennant blew his £10million fortune on flash cars and expensive properties, one of which he later forgot about. After making his senior debut aged 16 the young winger had troubles away from the pitch which included a prison sentence for drink-driving and driving whilst disqualified.

The talented wide-man, who played 24 times for England under-21s, made 12 appearances for Arsenal as a youngster and was loaned out to the likes of Leeds United and Birmingham City. Pennant’s peak came with Liverpool for whom he played 81 times across three seasons and scored three goals.

It was during this successful spell that Pennant spent £1.2million on a six-bedroom mansion in Cheshire. However, when his contract expired at Anfield in 2009 the winger forgot about the property during a season with Real Zaragoza.

Despite signing a three-year deal for the La Liga club just seven months into his contract Pennant was reprimanded after turning up late for training three times in two weeks, resulting in a row with boss José Aurelio Gay and he never played for them again. Pennant was shipped out to Stoke before signing permanent and went on to play for numerous clubs before finishing his career with Billericay Town.

During his football career Pennant was known for his flash cars and amongst his collection was a Ferrari F430, Aston Martin DB9, Lamborghini, Porsche GTS and some Range Rovers. While playing in Spain the winger left his Porsche with the number plate ‘P33NNT’ parked at a train station for five months, which he denied at the time.

During an interview with The Sun he explained the financial trouble that followed: “I bought houses but never spoke to an estate agent and had mortgages that I did not know about. I took bad advice from bad people and just lived day to day.


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