Veteran defender Wes Brown has enjoyed a pretty incredible career by pretty much anybody's standards.
The Sunderland defender, who spent most of his football life at Old Trafford after coming through the Manchester United youth system, was part of the Alex Ferguson team that won the treble in 1999, and has collcted eight Premier League winners' medals, two FA Cup winners' medals, three League Cup winners' medals and two Champions League winners' medals in a glittering career.
He has also won a series of England caps, and was part of the squad which reached the quarter-finals in Japan in 2002.
Throughout almost the whole of that time, he has earned well in excess of £1 million a year - and at one point earned nearly three times that after his well-publicised new contract in 2008. He currently plays for Sunderland, but his still earns more in a week than most people do in a year.
Yet while some footballers are happy to flash the cash at any opportunity - not least some of his own former team-mates at the Black Cats - it seems that the 34-year-old is pretty careful with his dosh.
So much so, in fact, that on a recent trip to Legoland he and his wife, Leanne, stopped off to buy a few packets of Frosties to take advantage of the coupons on the box:
We made sure we stopped off at tesco and bought 3 boxes of cereal to get the buy one get one free offer at legoland saving £138! a bargain
— Leanne Brown (@leanne_e_brown) August 5, 2014
Wow biggest que in the world at LegoLand! hope it's worth it! Lol — Leanne Brown (@leanne_e_brown) August 5, 2014
As well as mentioning it on Twitter, Leanne wrote about the Legoland trip on her blog - and it seems that even at half price, she was not impressed. While the Browns were enamoured of the lovely-looking hotel they stayed in, they were less impressed by the theme park:
"Legoland on the other hand was not so great! Having never been there before I was quite looking forward to it but was shocked to find out the price of entry per person!!
"Luckily my friend Zoe remembered there was a buy 1 get 1 free offer on cereal boxes, so we stopped off at Tesco to buy 3 boxes of frosties and saved ourselves £138 (well worth it as when we actually got inside we ended up spending an extra £120 on the equivalent to fast passes to bypass the queues…shocking but necessary!)
"The rides were dated and there wasn’t much to raise the heartbeat (to be honest even my 7 year old wasn’t impressed). Halle, who is 11, was far from catered for. Oh, and they ran out of hotdogs! Ha! Unfortunately we will not be going again! We would definitely have been much better off spending the day in and around the hotel and the countryside!"
Several news outlets have reported the story, focusing on how WAGs are normally more concerned with their, "designer handbags, eye-watering restaurant bills and high-spending life of pampering and relaxation," rather than saving a few quid.
But we're firmly behind this: football is a relatively short career and player such as Brown with a low-profile image will be unlikely to enjoy a lucrative second life as a pundit or manager.
So why shouldn't he save a few quid? He's got 40 or 50 years to worry about following a retirement that's probably not too far away, so Wes and Leanne are absolutely right to trim their expenses where they can.
The only outrage, in fact, was that the Browns felt it necessary to splash out the extra £120 on the super-passes to jump all those lengthy summer holiday queues. Outrageous behaviour! Who do these Premier League hotshots think they are?!
- Sports & Recreation
- Premier League
- Manchester United