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Footballers' homes: How much energy are players using off the pitch?

Footballers' homes: How much energy are players using off the pitch?

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Think your energy bills are high? Spare a thought for some of the best-known footballers whose gas and electricity bills are sure to put a slight dent in the players' huge salaries.

In the lead-up to the Euros kicking off this week, we've estimated the energy bills of some of the biggest names in football, based on the stars' homes and their energy-guzzling features.

Kyle Walker

England defender Kyle Walker has the highest energy bills of his fellow Three Lions, paying about £16,200 per year to power his six-bedroom home. Hardly surprising when you consider the £3 million property includes a swimming pool with its own waterfall, as well as a football-themed games room, giant fish tank and large hot tub.

While the Manchester City star's energy bills are around 15 times more expensive than the average household's £1,125 annual energy costs, it's all in (just over) a day's work – which is how long it would take Walker to earn the cost of his bills on his £110,000 weekly salary.

If he did want to cut back on his costs though, Walker could save a huge £3,245 per year if he switched from a standard variable tariff to one of the best fixed deals on the market.

John Stones

Not far behind is England and Manchester City team-mate John Stones, who spends an estimated £15,900 per year on his energy bills. Stones' six-bedroom home is also worth around £3 million and includes energy-guzzling features such as a sauna, gym, leisure complex, two double ovens, home cinema and games centre. The home also boasts an indoor pool that costs an estimated £5,000 to heat annually.

Paul Pogba

Rounding up the top three big spenders is France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba. The estimated energy bill for his Cheshire home is £14,300 per year. The £3 million property has five bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, and an indoor football pitch with electronic scoreboard and LED lighting.

Top 10 most expensive energy bills in football

Player/manager Cost Bedrooms Features Energy bill
Kyle Walker £3 million 6 Swimming pool, waterfall, hot tub, games room, fish tank, gym £16,200
John Stones £3 million 6 Indoor pool, sauna, gym, leisure complex, double ovens, home cinema, games centre £15,900
Paul Pogba (France) £3 million 5 Indoor pool, indoor football pitch with scoreboard and LED lighting £14,300
David de Gea (Spain) £4 million 5 Outdoor pool, gym, cinema, tennis court, electric security gates £14,100
Jesse Lingard £3 million 5 Indoor pool, dressing room (complete with 96 pairs of trainers), cinema room £14,000
Harry Kane £17 million (rented) 7 State-of-the-art gym £12,500
Gareth Southgate £4 million 6 16th-century mansion with two-bedroom detached cottage, barn, cinema and wine cellar £11,200
Marcus Rashford £2 million 6 Home gym £10,800
Gareth Bale (Wales) £4 million 6 High ceilings, tennis court, three golf holes £10,700
Jordan Pickford £2 million 5 Cinema with starlight ceiling, multi-room audio, in-ceiling speakers, jacuzzi £9,400

Pundits and legends

It's not just the current players and managers racking up huge energy bills – former England legends and pundits have impressive homes to power too.

Wayne Rooney's £20 million Cheshire home has two elevators, a hot tub and an electric vehicle charging point, all contributing to energy costs of almost £16,000 per year.

Harry Redknapp recently downsized to a five-bedroom eco-mansion in Dorset. While the home's solar panels save him an estimated £240 per year, his energy bill still costs around £12,500 annually.

And David Beckham's nine-bedroom Cotswolds home costs an estimated £11,400 in yearly energy bills thanks partly to its steam room and sauna.

Pundit/former player Cost Bedrooms Features Energy costs
Wayne Rooney £20 million 6 Orangery, bar, TV room, snooker room, cinema, wine cellar £15,900
Harry Redknapp £3 million 5 Solar-powered eco mansion with solar panels that power hot water and electricity £12,500
David Beckham £5 million 9 Plunge pool, Aga, steam room, sauna £11,400

But if you think energy bills are huge in the football world, they pale in comparison to some other famous names. Kyle Walker's utility costs seem like a bargain compared to Elton John's estimated £1.1 million annual bills - and we've rounded up the top 10 biggest celebrity energy costs here.

Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch, said: "If you've ever opened your energy bill in horror then spare a thought for those who made this list."

"But famous footballer or not, there's always a benefit to keeping down the amount of energy you use at home. Sometimes it can be as simple as closing windows, turning off lights when you leave the room, and turning down the thermostat."

"Switching tariffs is another great way to keep those utility bills down. If you're on a standard variable tariff, you can save good money by switching to a fixed deal, so do a search online and compare energy deals that are out there."

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