By Our Reporter
All is not well with former Manchester United and England soccer star Paul Scholes, who is selling his sprawling mansion, complete with a plethora of sporting amenities, including, fittingly, a soccer pitch and a putting green.
The seven-bedroom gated compound, in the village of Grasscroft in Greater Manchester, hit the market Monday asking £3.85 million (US$4.9 million).
Spanning roughly 13,000 square feet, the contemporary spread was completely refurbished and redesigned in 2015, according to the listing with estate agency Kirkham Property, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment especially in why Scholes had decided to sell the house.
The heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, the listing said. There’s also a double-height entrance hall, a statement staircase, a lounge with a bar, a games room and a formal dining room.
The lower ground floor is home to the property’s leisure facilities, including a heated swimming pool, a steam room, a gym and a home cinema.
Landscaped gardens surround the property, which are joined by patio areas for al fresco dining, a putting green and golf tee net, a five-a-side football pitch and a netball area.
It’s not clear how long Mr. Scholes, 45, has owned the home, or how much he bought it for and why he has decided to sell it off, although sports pundits intimate that he could be treading on tough times.
The retired midfielder and Manchester-native played for the Red Devils for the entirety of his 20-year career before hanging up his boots in 2013.
In 2014, he joined a handful of his former Manchester United teammates to purchase local Manchester team Salford City F.C.
Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Phil Neville each own 10% of the club alongside businessman Peter Lim, who owns the rest. In 2019, they were joined by another legendary former teammate, David Beckham, who bought his own 10% share from Mr. Lim.
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