11 footballers who did reality TV – and what happened to them

Wayne Bridge, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

Wayne Bridge is among the contestants on this year's I'm A Celebrity, so Tim Ellis took a look at some of the other stars who couldn't resist the lure (money) of reality TV

1. Higuita’s face gets scorpion scalpel

Higuita had extensive plastic surgery after being voted his country's ugliest icon

The former Colombia goalkeeper participated in La Isla de los Famosos: Una Aventura Pirata ("The Island of the Famous: A Pirate Adventure") in 2005, along with fellow ex-players Leonel Álvarez and Ricardo Pérez.

After being voted his country's ugliest icon, Higuita then had extensive plastic surgery – including a silicon chin implant, 'aggressive' liposuction and abdominal muscle enhancement – live on Extreme Change. "Bodily, I'm perfect," he boasted afrerwards.

2. Byron Moreno soaked by angry Italians

How did the Italians response? By pouring gallons of water over him

Ecuadorian referee Moreno became a figure of hate in Italy when the Azzurri were dumped out of the 2002 World Cup after a number of dubious decisions in their last 16 clash with co-hosts South Korea.

Moreno clearly had a sense of humour, though: he appeared on RAI TV's Stupido Hotel a few weeks later, carrying a briefcase stuffed with bank notes and claiming he was right to dismiss Francesco Totti and disallow Damiano Tommasi’s golden goal. How did the Italians response? By pouring gallons of water over him. Sore losers.

Moreno gets into the spirit of things

3. Lee Sharpe let loose on Love Island

Football’s love machine fell for Abi Titmuss’s cleavage on the original series of Celebrity Love Island in 2005, memorable chiefly for Kelly Brook’s wooden presentation and Patrick Kielty’s inability to deliver anything resembling humour.

Lee Sharpe

The former Manchester United man appeared on Celebrity Love Island in 2005

4. Jamo creates centre-half-sized canapes

His canapes looked more like sausage rolls from the half-time pie stand

David James gamely entered into the spirit of things by appearing on the Sports Relief edition of The Great British Bake Off earlier this year. Unfortunately for the former goalkeeper, his canapes looked more like sausage rolls from the half-time pie stand. 

James's unconventional approach of sticking a fork in his cake in order to "conduct heat and make it cook quicker" didn't impress, either.

5. Marsh’s senior citizen jungle clash

“People are going to find out stuff about me they might find surprising, in particular my love of Shakespeare and art,” Marsh claimed before entering I'm A Celebrity in 2007.

It didn’t take Rodders long to slip into old habits, though. When he was beaten in a task  by American model Janice Dickinson, he moaned: "I lost to a f***ing woman," before adding: "Joke, joke, joke." Right...

6. Maradona, the supermodel and his son

Maradona's son Diego Jr. was also a brief television star in Campioni, a reality show which the followed the fortunes of Italian side Cervia

In April 2001, Diego Maradona paid a flying visit to the Big Brotherovi! house in Argentina, which just so happened to contain a woman he'd supposedly had an affair with in supermodel Silvina Luna. 

Maradona's son Diego Jr. was also a brief television star in Campioni, a reality show which the followed the fortunes of Italian side Cervia. "Maybe now he knows where I am, so close to him, he will come to find me," the youngster said of his dad, who refused to recognise Diego as his son until a DNA test intervened.

Diego Maradona Jr.

Maradona's son shows what his father taught him in 2009

7. Schmeichel’s Strictly birthday blues

I once missed World Cup qualification on my birthday. I'm used to it

Peter Schmeichel appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, with judge Arlene Phillips praising his "heart, soul and footwork" – although she did also politely label the big Dane "cumbersome". 

"I have no luck on my birthdays," Schmeichel Snr. sobbed, in an attempt to explain why he finished bottom of the judges' and viewers' poll. "I once missed World Cup qualification on my birthday. I'm used to it."

Schmeichel throws some shapes

8. Brady does the business on Comic Relief

The West Ham vice-chairwoman showed her smart business brain when she led the girl’s team to victory on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in 2007. Brady then featured as a guest interviewer in Series Four of the regular show, before becoming a permanent aide to Lord Sugar in subsequent editions.  

9. Colly shows animal instinct on the farm

He's always on the toilet. Doesn't it bother any of you?

Haven of calm Stan Collymore walked out of Channel Five's The Farm in October 2004 after a four-letter bust-up with none other than one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice. The thing that sparked the ex-Liverpool man's exit? The length of time the rapper spent on the bog.

"[He's always] on the toilet," Collymore huffed to his fellow contestants. "Doesn't it bother any of you?" 

Just you then, Stan.

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice and Collymore clashed on The Farm

10. Fash the Bash goes Bushtucker crazy

John Fashanu finished runner-up of I'm A Celebrity in 2003, when he performed five Bushtucker trials and gave the injured Wayne Sleep a piggyback to the lavatory.

Later that year, the former Wimbledon marksman presented Fash's Football Challenge, where he managed an amateur team that included a former Mr Wales and a full-time Versace model. FFT wonders what sort of initiation they'd have received from the Crazy Gang.

11. Bruce quits Hell’s Kitchen for home cooking

“Bruce will be compulsive viewing,” boasted the agency that signed Grobbelaar up for the 2009 series of Hell’s Kitchen, with the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper quickly installed as the bookies' favourite after impressing enfant terrible and leading chef Marco Pierre-White.

Grobbelaar's march to glory was ended by his better half, however. "My wife was sitting outside eating," he explained shortly after exiting. "That was the defining moment. I knew my prize was outside." 

Bruce takes charge in the kitchen

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