David Ginola has today been confirmed to appear on the latest series of the reality TV show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Let’s look at his Hero card, the background on his legendary career, and which footballers’ footsteps he is following by signing up for I’m A Celebrity.
The FIFA 22 Hero card of David Ginola
David Ginola’s FIFA 22 card certainly has several eye-catching stats.
He has 90 pace, 91 dribbling and 88 shooting. In addition, he also has 87 passing and 84 physical, so you can play him anywhere across the front three or even in attacking midfield.
His current PlayStation price (via Futbin) is 1.7 million coins. That means most players won’t be able to afford him at this stage in the game.
But for those that have bought him, Ginola has undoubtedly been effective. According to Futbin stats, the Frenchman has played in over 650,000 games for FIFA 22 players in Ultimate Team, scoring 0.83 goals per game.
David Ginola’s legendary career
David Ginola brought his 17-year professional career to an end in 2002, after playing for eight teams.
He began his career in France with Toulon, before spending time at RC Paris and Brest. From there, he moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent three seasons. Ginola netted at least 10 goals in each of his final two campaigns with PSG – the best returns of his career.
In 1995, he moved to Newcastle United, who were then managed by Kevin Keegan. Ginola played a significant role in the Magpies’ eventual title push, and netted five goals in 34 appearances.
Keegan left Newcastle the following year. Ginola would go on to move elsewhere as well, joining Tottenham Hotspur. He won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in 1999 – the second Frenchman to win the award after Eric Cantona.
He ended his career in England, spending nearly two years at Aston Villa and the latter part of the 2001/02 season with Everton. Ginola retired in May 2002 at the age of 35.
Which other footballers have appeared on ‘I’m A Celebrity’?
David Ginola is following in the footsteps of several high-profile players who have featured on I’m A Celebrity.
Ian Wright was the last footballer to appear on the show. He placed eighth in the final standings in 2019, spending 18 days in camp.
The year prior, football manager Harry Redknapp won the show. Dennis Wise finished fifth in 2017, whilst Wayne Bridge also achieved the same finishing position when he was on the show.
The only other footballer, bar Redknapp, to finish in the top three in a series was ex-Wimbledon striker John Fashanu. He placed second in series two in 2003, behind eventual winner Phil Tufnell.
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