Jermaine Pennant’s football career has taken him all over the world.
He’s played in England, for Arsenal and Liverpool, and spent a season in Spain with Real Zaragoza.
To Pennant’s credit, he’s been willing to take on new challenges in India, where he played for FC Pune City, and Singaporean club Tampines Rovers.
His most recent venture saw him appearing for non-league outfit Billericay Town.
Pennant took time away from football to appear on reality show Big Brother and it remains to be seen whether, at the age of 35, he will continue his career in the game.
But he can reflect back on a career which saw him play in more than 150 Premier League matches and feature in the 2007 Champions League final.
Most professionals would regard that as a success.
Peter Crouch played with Pennant at Stoke and he’s recalled a crazy story about the winger in his autobiography, How To Be A Footballer.
After joining Stoke from Real Zaragoza in 2010, Pennant left his Porsche in Spain. He only remembered about it after receiving a call from the Spanish club.
“Jermaine Pennant had been in Stoke for several weeks when he got a call from his previous club, Real Zaragoza, asking if he knew that he'd left his sports car parked outside the city's train station,” Crouch said.
“Only a footballer could forget he was missing a Porsche. Particularly one with the registration plate P33NNT. I doubt he caught a train either.”
How does that even happen?!
Crouch is right when he says only a footballer could do that.
The story is reminiscent of a recent one that emerged about former West Ham striker Diafra Sakho.
According to the Daily Mail, Sakho abandoned his £200,000 Lamborghini when he left for French club Stade Rennais in January.
The striker just left the car parked outside West Ham’s training ground. It was still there three months after his departure.
The money in football really is ridiculous.