Lionel Messi having soccer-ball shaped house built in Spain

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is one of the premier faces in football. So, is it that unreasonable to see him living in a house shaped like a football?

A concept designed by architect Luis de Garrido with Messi in mind has this idea well on its way to fruition.

Messi’s work life revolves around soccer, and it appears his home life might as well. A birds-eye view gives the first look at the numerous football-inspired designs, with an overall look of a football pitch.

The house itself comes in the shape of a football, and appears to be two stories. Our favorite subtle nod to Messi’s profession? The front entrance and the ball forming the shape of a “10,” the Argentine magician’s number.

Casa de Messi is still in the design phase, but it would be interesting to see how this would look up close and personal.


(h/t 101GreatGoals). Images and video courtesy of 101 Great Goals.


Uh-oh! Gareth Bale moves into Kaka’s old mansion, Ronaldo’s neighborhood

by Thomas Hautmannimage Photo: Twitter/@marinagranziera
Clearly, Gareth Bale doesn’t believe in bad omens.
Weeks after becoming the world’s most expensive player ever, Bale has  agreed to rent the former Madrid home of Kaka, who, you know, happens to be arguably the biggest transfer flop in the history of Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Mail, Bale will pay landlord Kaka £10,000 ($16,000) per month to rent his mansion, which is valued at £6.5 million ($10.4 million). The two-story, four-bedroom house includes a gym, indoor pool, two utility rooms, several terraces and a six-car garage, a perfect space for stash all that cash.

Bale’s neighbors will include Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos. Cristiano Ronaldo also lives in the neighborhood, but he is reportedly trying to sell his $7 million mansion.

Hmm, wonder why.



Andy Carroll accused of leaving his Liverpool mansion in tatters


West Ham striker Andy Carroll is being sued for almost £200,000 over claims that he left his Merseyside mansion in awful condition upon leaving Liverpool this summer. Among the citations include an infested swimming pool and numerous stains on furniture.

From the Daily Mail:

The 24-year-old striker is said to have left drinks stains on chairs and the ceiling, removed expensive hi-fi equipment and furniture - including treadmills, sofas and a grandfather clock - and caused the 12-metre swimming pool to be infested with algae. Other damaged items allegedly include a barbecue, a garden lounger and an air hockey table.

Landlords Jeff and Dawn Grant also claim that Carroll owes £68,000 in unpaid rent for the five-bed mansion in Blundellsands, Merseyside.

Oof. Not a good look, Andy.

Then again, neither was this. Or this:


I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.