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REVEALED: The footballers who have travelled furthest on their summer holidays

Football stars have been racking up some air miles - but who's suffering from the worst jet lag?

Taking a break after a long and arduous season is crucial, so footballers travel far and wide to soak up the sun before the next campaign comes around.

Football is one of the most highly-paid positions in the world, so it’s unlikely that Paul Pogba would settle for a damp two-week caravan holiday in the Cotswolds.

Alexis Sanchez was keen to jet off on his summer break…

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Alexis Sanchez was keen to jet off on his summer break…

But surely the question on everyone’s lips is: ‘Who’s travelled the furthest?’


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We know you’ve been dying to find out, but worry no more; the wait is finally over.

TravelBird have done all the leg work, scanning each player’s social media profiles to compile a list of the world’s most airborne football stars, and James Milner somehow doesn’t make the cut.

Check it out:

10 Warner Hahn – Excelsior

Nah, I’d never heard of him either, but he gets about a bit. The Dutch SC Heerenveen goalkeeper has given his gloves a rest and put his shades on as he’s travelled a total of 16,331 miles this summer, jetting off to Ibiza and Indonesia.

SC Heerenveen’s goalie must be Warn out

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SC Heerenveen’s goalie must be Warn out

9 Samuel Armenteros – Heracles Almelo

The Swede plays for Dutch side Heracles Almelo but seems to have had enough of the Northern European climate- he’s shot off to Greece, Spain, and New York before managing to squeeze in a little trip to Dubai. That’s 16,603 miles.

8 Martin Braithwaite – Middlesbrough

It seems as though Boro’s Danish striker doesn’t fancy the Teeside sun (or lack of it).

He’s clocked up 17,217 miles to Dubai and the USA. Seems strange when Scarborough is just an hour’s drive away from the Riverside…

Boro’s forgotten man isn’t Waiting around this summer

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Boro’s forgotten man isn’t Waiting around this summer

7 Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Bilbao 

A long-standing Premier League target, Laporte still doesn’t favour the UK for his summer holidays.

He’s travelled 18,659 miles to the USA and Mauritius.

Laporte has avoided the UK again on his summer travels

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Laporte has avoided the UK again on his summer travels

6 Paulo Dybala – Juventus

The Argentine star striker makes number six on the list, totalling 18,677 miles on his travels.

He’s visited the UAE and his homeland Argentina before returning to Italy, where he’ll continue to be linked with all of Europe’s big clubs.

Juve star striker hasn’t been hanging about this summer

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Juve star striker hasn’t been hanging about this summer

5 Paul Pogba – Man United

This may come as a surprise but the extravagant Frenchman hasn’t topped our list of air mile loving footballers, although he definitely hasn’t gone to Stonehenge this summer.

He’s clocked 19,363 miles to the USA, China and Colombia- probably to get a new haircut.

Pogba didnt fancy staying in Manchester long over the summer break

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Pogba didnt fancy staying in Manchester long over the summer break

4 Kevin de Bruyne – Man City

Just in front of him comes the man from across town, City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

He’s been busy celebrating his honeymoon in Marbella, Bora Bora and the Grand Canyon, a journey length of 20,634 miles.

Kevin de Bruyne celebrated tying the knot in style

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Kevin de Bruyne celebrated tying the knot in style

3 Luca Marrone – Zulte-Waregem

Another player you may have never heard of, the Italian striker has struggled to stay in one place this summer.

He’s gone to Milan, Ibiza, Bora Bora and Formentera, which is a combined travel distance of 22,312 miles.

An unlikely contender in the top three…

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An unlikely contender in the top three…

2 Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea

Cesc has evidently had enough of Antonio Conte’s brutal training sessions, as he’s put his feet up in Spain, Argentina and Indonesia to get as far away from his boss as possible. That’s 24,162 miles.

Cesc Fabregas was quick to celebrate his team’s title success

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Cesc Fabregas was quick to celebrate his team’s title success

1 Gerard Pique – Barcelona

And the footballer who’s travelled the furthest is… Barcelona’s cool guy Gerard Pique.

The Spaniard has racked up an incredible 29,163 miles this summer, visiting Argentina, Lebanon, Qatar, Singapore, China and Japan.

Is it possible to have too many holidays?

Don’t fancy staying at home next summer, Gerard?

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Don’t fancy staying at home next summer, Gerard?

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