Footballers' official websites: 11 of the good, bad and (very) ugly
1. Kevin-Prince Boateng
The Ghanaian's avatar depicts him casually draping himself over poolside sunbeds and doing keepy-uppies in the kitchen
If you expect to be dragged into the life of a super-rich footballer, Boateng’s site caters for you nicely. It’s a virtual tour of the Las Palmas man's cliff-side mega mansion, the Ghana international's avatar depicting him casually draped over poolside sunbeds and doing keepy-uppies in the kitchen.
Although bizarre, it’s a spectacular display of online design. You’re treated throughout to a hip-hop soundtrack – rapped by the man himself, no less – and a number of amusing virtual murals line most of the walls. Each room has different information about Boateng, including inspirational quotes and his advice on how to be the best; the main attraction, though, is the chance to watch his avatar take off like Superman into the sky.
2. Joey Barton
His regular blog posts cut through the dull fog of PR-speak and offer up some brutally honest opinions on issues in football
Barton has always been somewhat of an enigma: a divisive character prone to both violent outbursts and outbursts of enlightened opinions. Somewhat predictably, his website serves as a platform for the latter and casually ignores the former.
Admirably, his blog posts cut through the dull fog of PR-speak and offer up some valid questions and brutally honest opinions about issues in football. It’s part interesting, part pretentious massaging of his ego, but it's always entertaining when the Burnley midfielder rants about some perceived injustice and aims barely veiled criticisms at colleagues. The biggest downside is the fact it hasn't been updated in a while. Perhaps he's got something more to elaborate on after his weekend antics against Lincoln.
3. Victor Wanyama
It's still covered in Southampton crests, out-of-date information and a long-winded thank you to the site's creators
The Tottenham man is an avid Tweeter who occasionally serves up gems such as: “I had spaghetti and it was very nice I enjoyed it”. You'd think, then, that Wanyama's official website features similar up-to-date insight into his life? Wrong.
Excitingly titled "MIGHTY KENYAN", it's quickly evident that the midfield enforcer hasn't put as much effort into his website. Still covered in Southampton crests, out-of-date information and a long-winded thank you to the site's creators, the domain has style but is lacking in substance. The opposite to Wanyama on the pitch, you might say.