Ex-Chelsea star quit club as he had to fly economy and stay in shabby hotels

Former Chelsea and Newcastle star Celestine Babayaro once quit a club because they made him fly economy class and stay in "shabby" hotels.

The Nigerian left back, who spent seven-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, brought the curtain down on his career in 2008, aged just 30, in unbelievably stroppy circumstances following a pathetic two month spell at LA Galaxy.

Expecting the same superstar treatment David Beckham had received after joining the club a year earlier, Babayaro was baffled by the lack of glitz, glamour and basic luxuries the squad was afforded, and soon began phoning it in during training.

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Luckily for Babayaro, Galaxy's head coach was an old friend, the man who had brought him to Chelsea in 1997, Ruud Gullit, but it didn't take long for his sulking to get him in the Dutchman's bad books.

He ended up playing just 45 disastrous minutes for the club during a pre-season match, managing to get himself booked before conceding a penalty, and a few days later he agreed to rip up his contract.

Babayaro spent the following season training with Premier League side Portsmouth, though manager Harry Redknapp opted against offering him a contract (too many shabby hotels booked, we assume).

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The defender officially hung up his boots in 2010 after two years in the clubless wilderness, which he presumably spent jetting around the world in first class and staying in luxury five star hotels.

Despite ending his career like a total diva, Babayaro was a popular figure at Chelsea and was a regular fixture in the side prior to Roman Abramovich's arrival in 2003, racking up nearly 200 appearances.

Babayaro moved to Newcastle in 2005 and made a decent first impression, though injury and attitude problems soon turned his relationship with the club sour, and former Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd would later describe him as a "disgrace" who "didn't pull his weight".

Perhaps we should've seen his sulky spell in the US coming.


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