If you fail as a footballer, not to worry, you can always impersonate one.
A man named Medi Abalimba has been sentenced to jail for impersonating Chelsea’s young star Gael Kakuta.
Abalimba, who joined Derby County in 2009 for more than £1m but whose career failed to progress, went on a £20,000 shopping spree at Selfridges, stayed at top hotels and even hired a helicopter.
Medi Abalimba, 25, admitted multiple frauds and was sentenced to four years.
Abalimba, of Burton Street, London, phoned venues claiming to be the agent of Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta before turning up posing as the player.
The court was told he would ring a venue advising of the imminent arrival of an elite sport star, requesting discretion and paying for goods with stolen credit card details.