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Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney and more stars who trained on their backyard pitches during coronavirus crisis

LIFE’S a pitch for these footballers who all have football pitches installed in their huge mansions.

Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo were just some of the self-isolating stars that honed their skills at home when football was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.

 Lionel Messi takes a stroll on his football pitch with his kids and French Mastiff poochLionel Messi takes a stroll on his football pitch with his kids and French Mastiff poochCredit: Instagram

PREMIER LEAGUE’S FINEST

Ex-West Ham star Jack Wilshere has a sprawling back garden that he loves to shoot balls around.

Although Jack got himself in hot water with his neighbours who complained that netting around the pitch was an eyesore.

While some like John Terry and Rio Ferdinand have full-sized goals to add that extra bit of realism and get some shooting practice in.

But it’s Paul Pogba, Phil Neville and Benjamin Mendy who have taken it one step further by having indoor pitches inside their sprawling houses.

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 Cristiano Ronaldo had a dugout by his football pitch in his garden in his former home in TurinCristiano Ronaldo had a dugout by his football pitch in his garden in his former home in TurinCredit: Instagram
 Come rain or snow, John Terry loves to have a kickabout on his pitch in his Cobham homeCome rain or snow, John Terry loves to have a kickabout on his pitch in his Cobham homeCredit: Instagram
 Paul Pogba has his branding all over the centre circle of his indoor turfPaul Pogba has his branding all over the centre circle of his indoor turfCredit: Instagram
 No expense was spared with Paul Pogba's indoor turfNo expense was spared with Paul Pogba’s indoor turfCredit: AFP or licensors
 Jack Wilshere had a row with his neighbours over the netting of his football pitchJack Wilshere had a row with his neighbours over the netting of his football pitchCredit: Collect

BRAND POGBA

The Man United midfielder has his ‘PP’ initials etched into the centre circle, just to let you know it’s his pitch. Clever branding.

Mendy has a small strip of astroturf on which he loves showing off his ball juggling skills with his mates.

Alongside the artificial turf the Man City defender has a scoreboard, presumably so he can keep count  of how many keepie uppies he can do.

Neville’s looks more like an oversized Subbuteo pitch. He did try to sell his home in 2015 but couldn’t find any takers.

 Wayne Rooney grabs son Kai on his garden pitchWayne Rooney grabs son Kai on his garden pitchCredit: BBC
 Wayne and Kai Rooney play on the pitch which also doubles as a tennis courtWayne and Kai Rooney play on the pitch which also doubles as a tennis courtCredit: BBC
 Benjamin Mendy has an indoor turf that's perfect for practising keepie uppiesBenjamin Mendy has an indoor turf that’s perfect for practising keepie uppiesCredit: Instagram
 Rio Ferdinand likes his pitch to have a full-sized goalRio Ferdinand likes his pitch to have a full-sized goalCredit: Instagram
 Wayne Rooney's kids are fans of their dad's garden football pitchWayne Rooney’s kids are fans of their dad’s garden football pitchCredit: Instagram
 Phil Neville struggled to sell his Cheshire home which featured this Subbuteo-like pitchPhil Neville struggled to sell his Cheshire home which featured this Subbuteo-like pitchCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
 Steven Ireland's football pitch is perfect for cage footballSteven Ireland’s football pitch is perfect for cage footballCredit: Tony Spencer – The Sun

Was it the football pitch that put prospective buyers off? Who knows, but the football bean bags are a nice touch.

IRELAND’S CAGE

Then there’s Steven Ireland’s… a man known for his outrageous taste in cars, his mini pitch is reminiscent of the cage in the Nike ads.

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But there’s one thing Messi, Ronaldo, Terry, Rooney, and Glen Johnson all have in common.

They all have kids, which gives these football stars the perfect excuse to have a kickabout in their back yards with their offspring.

After all, they’re pitch perfect.

 Glen Johnson's kids enjoy playing together in dad's backyard with a five-a-side goalGlen Johnson’s kids enjoy playing together in dad’s backyard with a five-a-side goal
 Lionel Messi can hone his skills on his very own football pitch in his Barcelona homeLionel Messi can hone his skills on his very own football pitch in his Barcelona homeCredit: AFP or licensors
 Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his son Ciro have a turf lifeLionel Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his son Ciro have a turf lifeCredit: Instagram
 Benjamin Mendy's indoor pitch also has a scoreboardBenjamin Mendy’s indoor pitch also has a scoreboardCredit: Getty – Contributor

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