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Bernardo Silva’s apartment in Monaco was incredibly small

The new Manchester City signing will get a bumper payday - and he now might get a slightly bigger residence now he's in England

We all just assume footballers live the life of luxury, right?

With huge wages, advertising deals and incentives, it’s considered the norm that professional players are living it up in high-class apartments and lavish mansions.

Bernardo Silva could be on the move in the summer, with a host of elite European clubs chasing his signature

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Bernardo Silva could be on the move in the summer, with a host of elite European clubs chasing his signature

Well, not Bernardo Silva.

The new Manchester City man might be able to buy a slightly larger house now he’s in England, because the apartment he was living in at former club Monaco was laughably tiny.

Here’s Silva cooking in his small kitchen, with two hobs.

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Here’s Silva cooking in his small kitchen, with two hobs.

Here he is sitting down to eat his meal… but there’s a knock at the door!

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Here he is sitting down to eat his meal… but there’s a knock at the door!

Who could it be?

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Who could it be?

Oh, it’s former Portugal international Simao of course!

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Oh, it’s former Portugal international Simao of course!

In an interview for Portuguese sports network Sports TV, Silva invited former Portugal international Simao into his cosy abode.

The preview video, which was then posted on Reddit, sparked a discussion about just how regular his home in Monaco was.

Many pointed to the club’s admirably strict wage structure compared to other French clubs, coupled with the high price of rent in the principality.

In fact, despite the quality throughout the Monaco squad, it is thought only Joao Moutinho and Radamel Falcao earn large wages.

Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva celebrate their passage into the Champions League semi-final

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Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva celebrate their passage into the Champions League semi-final

The midfielder was instrumental for Monaco this season, with Les Rouges et Blancs exceeding all expectations by challenging at the top of the Ligue 1 table and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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