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Everton manager Frank Lampard has spilled the beans on his life away from football after admitting he enjoys watching reality show Love Island – and lifted the lid on his chance meeting with idol Diego Maradona.
The Everton manager has not been feeling the love at Goodison Park, after losing six of his first seven Premier League matches as the Toffees’ boss. However, the Merseysiders’ vital 1-0 home victory against Manchester United means there is now some sunlight between his side and 18th-placed Burnley.
There remains plenty of work to be done at Goodison Park if they are to avoid a historic relegation from the Premier League. But away from the pitch, the former goalscoring midfielder took a much-needed rest from the pressures of the relegation battle to divulge into some of his guilty pleasures.
“I get semi-addicted to some shows… Love Island gets me,” Lampard said in an episode of ‘Never Have I Ever’ with Sky Sports. “I was a massive fan of Celebrity Big Brother – when that went that was a bit of a low point.
“Especially when you are really working sometimes you become really consumed in it. You do need light relief, something you cannot focus on too much.
“Then you start to get into it and it is a conversation on the training ground.” Lampard previously admitted his enjoyment of the hit reality show while he was still in charge of Chelsea.
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But his first true love – footballing love that is – was observing Argentina's late World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona strut his stuff when he was growing up. While he described England midfield sensation Paul Gascoigne as his “English football icon”, Lampard admitted he was left "starstruck" when he met the Barcelona and Napoli legend.
“I went to the Fifpro awards and I was given out an award or something to do with it, and backstage was him,” Lampard added. “I asked for a photo with him which I never do.
“I was nervous because it was such a moment for me. I don’t get like that, especially in my own field, but he was on a different level for me. I kind of backed off, waited on the wings, and then jumped on him.”
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