Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Soccer Wife Wins [Pounds Sterling]415,000 a Year Divorce Payout

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Soccer Wife Wins [Pounds Sterling]415,000 a Year Divorce Payout

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Byline: SAM LYON

A FOOTBALLER'S wife has secured a record [pounds sterling]1.7 million divorce deal from her cheating husband.

The mother of four will receive [pounds sterling]415,000 a year and further assets, including a number of properties.

The settlement was greatly increased after the judge slammed the football star's first offer as "thoroughly mean and unjust".

The 34-year-old England international who cannot be named for legal reasons, earns just over [pounds sterling]1million a year.

It is believed to be the biggest divorce settlement between a footballer and his wife and dwarfs the [pounds sterling]406,000a-year settlement won last year by former Arsenal star Ray Parlour's 34-year-old ex-wife Karen.

This case follows the couple's separation in 2003 after 11 years of marriage when the footballer walked out to live with another woman, who has two children.

At first the husband offered his wife [pounds sterling]80,000 a year in maintenance, plus [pounds sterling]15,000 for each of their four children, aged five, 11, 12, and 16. …

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