Christmas Gift Ideas for 10 World Football Stars

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for 10 World Football Stars

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    With hefty disposable incomes, legions of fans and a dream job, most of those professional footballers will have everything they want this Christmas. Which makes them especially difficult to buy for. 

    So, if you are struggling to think of present ideas for the footballer, manager or owner in your life, take a look at B/R's last-minute gift guide... 

Vincent Tan

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    Cardiff owner Vincent Tan could do with some diplomacy lessons, but we feel a copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray would be more appropriate.

    Tan is a tyrant who doesn't want to spend any money and who is giving his employee Malky Mackay a very hard time. Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge was a tyrant who didn't want to spend any money and who gave his employee Bob Cratchit a hard time. 

    Perhaps the Malaysian businessman could see the parallels, and therefore the error of his ways. Plus, the Muppets are delightful!


Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo might be hoping that Santa leaves a Ballon d'Or-shaped trophy display case under the tree. He even opened his own museum just so he could show it off. 

    The Portuguese star remains favourite to pick up the coveted accolade in January, and the jolly man in red can clearly see that he's been a good boy this year. 

Franck Ribery

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    At one point, Franck Ribery was favourite to scoop up the Ballon d'Or, but then FIFA controversially extended the voting deadline and Ronaldo went and put on a stunning one-man show against Sweden in a World Cup Qualifier.

    So, the Frenchman might have to make do with this replica of the golden orb instead.  

Luis Suarez

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    Not so long ago, Luis Suarez was viewed as a cheating, mercenary, player-biting ogre who only kept quiet about his hatred of the media when he was using it to engineer a move away from Liverpool.

    Now, however, the Uruguayan talisman's PR machine is in full swing: He is laughing it up at awards ceremonies, dishing out charitable donations and giving charming interviews to small children.

    In light of his Cheryl Cole-style turnaround from figure of hate to national sweetheart, we would suggest getting Suarez a copy of Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends and Influence People to assist in his transformation.


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    Roma striker Gervinho could really do with a pair of glasses. How else is he still missing opportunities like the jaw-dropper from last weekend? 

Tim Sherwood

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    Despite having no relevant qualifications, Tim Sherwood has been given the position of permanent Tottenham manager on an 18-month contract

    In the final weeks of Andre Villas-Boas' reign, plenty of Spurs fans were asking: Where would we be now if Harry Redknapp was still in charge?

    Sherwood has already worked as a coach under Redknapp, so if someone buys him the current QPR gaffer's booky-wook, he could absorb some more of his "f*****g run about a bit" tactics and fans would get their hypothetical question answered. 

David Moyes

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    This might be a difficult gift to pick up in John Lewis, but David Moyes could really do with a time machine. 

    It would serve two primary purposes. He could use it to go forward in time three years, to see whether Manchester Utd afforded him the same bedding-in period granted to Sir Alex Ferguson.

    If they haven't started making plans for his statue outside Old Trafford, he could jump back to the day Fergie asked him to be his successor to tell the elder Scot where to stick his poisoned chalice. 

Mikel Arteta

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    If Monday night's clash between Arsenal and Chelsea was the first football game you had ever watched, you probably wouldn't want to see a second one. 

    One of those who had a bad night was Mikel Arteta, who claimed John Obi Mikel's clumsy (and unpunished) tackle on him was so hard that it broke his shin pad

    So, the Spaniard could probably do with a nice new set of shin pads. And maybe a new ankle. 

Jake Livermore

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    Jake Livermore landed himself in a spot of bother over the weekend when he celebrated a goal by kicking and breaking a photographer's £6,000 camera.

    The Spurs midfielder, currently on loan at Hull, could do with a nice new DSLR snapper. But be warned, he might re-gift it. 

Aleksandar Kolarov

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    Please, someone buy the Serbian defender some singing lessons! 


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