5 Of Football’s Very Finest…

Diners…The five players whose over indulgence has led excessive weight around the midriff, and ultimately a tarnished career.  

 Benni McCarthy

Former Porto striker McCarthy scored 18 league goals in his debut season for Blackburn in 2006-07, with Chelsea thought to be interested for a period over that following summer. But things went wrong very quickly for the South African, and the striker soon found himself involved in a bizarre battle against the bulge during the later end of his Rovers career.

After failing to meet the required fitness levels in December 2009, a panic stricken West Ham swooped in to land the plump star. However, the move did not quite meet the expectations of the Hammers faithful, with McCarthy ballooning to 15 stone and mustering only 14 appearances in the process. After scoffing at suggestions his career was over, McCarthy ended his time in East London with a £1.5 million hand out and no goals.

A war of words soon ensued, the disgraced striker replying to vise Chairman Karen Brady’s claims the signing was a “big fat mistake” with the cutting summation: “There’s the devil with a set of t**s.”

He’s now found a new home in the USA, and is sure to taking advantage of all the goods the country has to offer.

Jon Parkin

Never exactly a household name throughout his career, Parkin has still managed to forge a name for himself on the grounds of his absolutely ginormous frame.

With a nickname like ‘the beast,’ you’d be inclined to think the Preston North End legend might be a battering ram in the shape of a Grant Holt, but the affectionate tag seems more a result of the fact the monster of a man devours copious amounts of food rather than opposition defenders. Now plies his trade at Scunthorpe United after failing a medical at Coventry earlier this term.

Mark Viduka

One of the most clinical finishers the Premier League has ever accommodated, Viduka smashed in goals for fun as Leeds embarked on one of the most bizarrely crafted dreams in football. But after their sudden demise, Viduka gradually piled on the pounds as his fitness levels plummeted.

Though he endured a successful time at Middlesbrough, it’s at neighbours Newcastle where the Australian swelled into a sizable figure of fun. He missed a host of games, but enjoyed a huge wage packet and the luxury of eating whatever he wanted after leaving the club and slipping into apparent retirement in 2009.


The ultimate striker eventually fell victim to a string of horrendous injuries, and a liking for the finer things in life, to end his career rather comically waddling around in the Brazilian league.

Was once the most electrifying talent in the world, after scoring a bucket load of goals for giants PSV, Barcelona and Inter Milan, but suffered wretched luck for Inter with two serious knee injuries. The legend memorably roared back to prominence during the 2002 World Cup, grabbing the golden boot whilst leading his nation to victory, and a glittering career as part of the Galacticos soon followed. However, his fitness issues returned as his stomach started sagging, and the star limped through the later stages of his career with spells at AC Milan and Corinthians before yet another injury brought matters to an abrupt end.


Egyptian Mido was admittedly nowhere near as good as he thought he was, but should have surely made more of himself than the podgey waste of space he became at Middlesbrough.

The striker scored 7 goals in 32 games for the teessiders, before inflicting himself upon Wigan Athletic in 2009. A further 2 goals followed before, you guessed it, West Ham nabbed him from under the noses of nobody to gain exactly zero goals. To be fair they got their valuations of the player spot on, paying 1,000 a week to the former Spurs man.

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