I went on a chavvy shopping spree when I signed my first Premier League deal… an expensive purchase made my daughter cry | The Sun

I went on a chavvy shopping spree when I signed my first Premier League deal… an expensive purchase made my daughter cry | The Sun

GABBY AGBONLAHOR has revealed he went on a chavvy shopping spree after signing his first Premier League contract.

The former Aston Villa striker signed his first pro deal in 2005 after rising through the ranks at the club's academy.

Agbonlahor, 36, saw his salary make a massive leap as he went from earning £80 per week on his scholarship contract to £1,500 per week.

As a teenager eager to splash his new cash, the star went on a shopping spree that saw him pick up Lacoste tracksuits from himself and a friend.

He also forked out on some pairs of Nike trainers.

He told talkSPORT: "I think I remember when I was 17, or no, I was 18 when I signed my first professional contract.


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"I think it was a grand and a half a week.

"I was quite chavvy back then and remember going with my best friend to the Lacoste shop. They used to do these tracksuits with the collars. Me and my friend bought it in three colours.

"I bought my friend a pair of trainers, brought myself a few pairs of Nike TNs.

"But I just remember when the money hit my account with the sign on fee from that contract. I just thought ‘shopping time’."

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Agbonlahor continued to spend as he purchased a Volkswagen Golf from his friend's dad.

He added: "Then I got a new car. I remember I getting a Golf, bought it off my friend’s dad.

"It was a bit like wow, going from £80-a-week, which was my scholarship deal for two years, to then a grand-and-a-half. I was like wow, what a change."

However, the former England international did eventually upgrade on the hatchback as he revealed his most extravagant buy was a £200,000 Italian supercar.

He recalled: "I think it was a Lamborghini Aventador. Though said it didn’t last long.

"I remember scaring my little daughter with it.

"I think she was probably three or four, bless her. I was scaring her, she was crying in the car.

"It was fast. But then I only had it for nine months because the weather’s not right in England. There’s a lot of speed bumps. You can’t drive them sort of cars in the weather we get."

Agbonlahor would go on to sign contacts worth more money, which is fortunate as he claims he was once fined £20k due to an error from British Airways.

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