Benni McCarthy tells us why he's a gold digger
Benni is the host of this season's Goal Diggerz, which kicked off this last Wednesday on Vuzu. The show aims to give it's viewers an exclusive glimpse into the lives of footballer off the pitch.
We caught up with Benni to chat about the show.
So how did the idea for the show come about?
I've always been interested in the lives of footballers off the pitch. Two months ago I was approached to do the show and I loved the idea.
How did the footballers you feature respond to the idea?
It's strange cause a lot of clubs didn't want their players involved in the show and not a lot of players want people in their private space. It was a challenge, but they know me and trust me which helped a lot.
We guess being Benni does help. Who are you most excited to feature on the show?
Without a doubt, Stoke City's Charles N'Zogbia. He's a Frenchman and he's such a strange character. The kind of character you'll have never seen on TV before. He's an unusual footballer... I mean he's built like a basketball player. He's over a foot tall - you'd never think he'd make it in football because of his physique.
Sounds cool! Besides those featured on the show, which of the footballer has the craziest lifestyle?
I have an old teammate from Blackburn, Chris Samba, he was crazy and as big as they come. I used to call him King Kong because he was so huge and the funny thing is I was the only one allowed to call him that because we were such good friends.
Anyways, Chris has a real fascination with fancy cars. He has Phantoms, Escalades and even a Porsche that he's emptied, apart from the front seats, and made into mini limousines with couches and TV's. Of course, because of his size and the size of the Porsche he would normally struggle to get in. We always used to ask him why he bought it if he couldn't fit in it. He would get into it by, like, swinging his legs inside the car while angling his body from the roof. The funniest part is that he would always have to get someone to close the door for him. (Laughs)
That's hilarious! What's the one thing you want fans to get out of the show?
I want fans to realise that footballers are nothing like you imagine them to be. Just because you see them on TV doesn't mean you know everything about them. The stereotypical view of them being arrogant is untrue, they are normal people. On the show, you'll see a softer side of your favourite footballers and realise they are nice people once you understand them. The show has a more personal tone which will help you understand the backgrounds many of these footballers come from and beat to be where they are today.