The winner of 'Football's Next Star' who signed for Inter Milan - where is he now?


Who remembers 'Football's Next Star'?

Between 2010 and 2011, Sky One broadcast what now looks a rather remarkable concept where Jamie Redknapp and co. tried to find football's next big thing. There was quite the prize on the line, too - a professional contract with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.

Forty players were handpicked from across the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a final ten chosen to make the trip to Milan and fight out for the contract.

In the end, the winning man was Ben Greenhalgh. Aged 17 at the time and playing for non-league Welling United, the player defeated Connor Smith in the final episode in a thrilling challenge with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Lucio and Marco Materazzi.

It changed the life of Greenhalgh forever with his victory seeing him handed the Inter Milan jersey, posing with Mourinho and signing for a European giant on the brink of winning the treble.

The eventful career of Ben Greenhalgh

That, however, was eight long years ago and football fans can certainly be forgiven for not having heard from the London lad since. It's fair to say he's had quite the eventful career since becoming 'Football's Next Star.'

Greenhalgh saw out his six-month professional contract with Inter, before being offered an extension that featured a four-month loan with Calcio Como in the Italian fourth division. He took the offer and scored eight goals in 12 appearances in the lower divisions.

However, that marked the end of his time in Italy as he returned to his native England, re-signing for Welling United after flirting with moves to Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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The decision was made to try and move up the divisions in England, eventually working his way up to the top leagues. In the end, it didn't work out that way for Greenhalgh.

The 25-year-old embarked on a journeyman's career that saw him play for Ebbsfleet United, Maidstone United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Hemel Hempstead Town.

Current club, PGA golf and Ronaldo's double

Now, Greenhalgh has embarked upon a third spell with Concord Rangers in the National League South for whom he also played in 2013 and 2015. So far, he has three league goals from nine appearances this season.

However, the 'Next Star' has spread his wings from football in recent months and has enjoyed success playing golf.

July 2017 saw him win his first PGA professional golf competition with Greenhalgh breaking the course record on the way to victory round the course at Addington.

Furthermore, he's also worked alongside 'Selected Sports Artists' as a body double for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Lionel Messi and Diego Costa. He has featured in the majority of Adidas adverts over the last few years.

From Inter Milan to mimicking Ronaldo and teeing of with the PGA. That's a journey if ever we've heard one.

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