'Biggest house in Amsterdam' to be auctioned as ex-footballer fails to find buyer

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Former footballer Winston Bogarde is to auction his multi-million euro palatial mansion after failing to find a buyer in four years.

The ex-international has struggled financially since retiring from the game in 2005, having hardly kicked a competitive ball in anger in the previous five years.

He became infamous in English football for sitting out a four-year contract at Chelsea on reported wages of £40,000 (€55,000/ US$70,000) a week, despite playing just one game in his last three and a half seasons.

That stubbornness now appears to have undermined his chances in the property market. Four years after putting his house in Amsterdam-Osdorp up for sale, Bogarde has been unable to find a buyer despite reducing the price from €3.5 million to €2.95 million.

The former footballer is struggling to keep up with four mortgages amounting to €2.8 million.

Described as “the biggest house in Amsterdam”, the nine-bedroomed home, which comes with a swimming pool, a wine cellar and 3,260 square metres of land, will now be sold at auction on Friday.

Lawyer Vic van Heeswijk, who is handling the sale, said of the failure to find a buyer on the open market: “Banks don’t put houses up for auction for nothing. It’s usually because people don’t communicate, move abroad or have large debts.”

Bogarde started out as a promising defensive midfielder, a member of the precocious Ajax team who won the Champions League in 1995 and reached the final the following year.

His performances for the club earned him lucrative moves to AC Milan and Barcelona and 20 international caps.

Source: Het Parool: Te koop: Bogardes kasteel in Osdorp
Photo by Xesc Arbona

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