French favorite David Ginola will be football fans’ favorite player in this year’s I Am Celebrity.
The former Spurs star, 54, will defy the elements and intense gatherings at Gwrych Castle, North Wales, in a new series that opens November 21.
But that shouldn’t be too difficult for the former Premier League star, who is used to hiding from the seniors of the British game.
Ginola has starred at Newcastle, Spurs, Villa and Everton, having won both the PFA and Football Writers awards for player of the season.
In the 1990s, he was recognized as one of the game’s standout strikers – scoring off the field with L’Oreal, whom he proudly became an ambassador for after reportedly replacing the actress. Hollywood actor Jennifer Aniston in this role.
However, in 2016, Ginola’s life was threatened by a heart attack that killed him in 8 minutes.
He was revived with a defibrillator and rushed to the hospital to perform a quadruple bypass surgery.
That same year, he found love with model Maëva Denat – 22 years younger than him.
In 2018, at the age of 51, Ginola once again became the father of their daughter.
Clever, but often misunderstood, Ginola is your classic goalscorer.
He was called the best in the world by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, another master on the pitch.
The elegant winger began his career in England with Newcastle, who paid PSG £2.5m for his services in 1995.
He was an integral part of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ team, who finished second in the Premier League in 1995-96, their strongest league finish in decades.
But it was at Tottenham that he showed his true brilliance, winning both the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year awards in 1999.
At Spurs, he won the only British silver title – the League Cup medal.
His time with Aston Villa has not been appreciated, with boss John Gregory deeming him too fat to compete.
Famously, he proved his manager wrong – throwing his head back and toning his abs after scoring his first goal for the club.
Ginola retired from football in 2002, after playing for Everton at the age of 35.
As players become celebrities thanks to the growth of the Premier League and its foreign imports, handsome players like Ginola have reaped many benefits.
In the mid-90s, he was often seen at glamorous parties with supermodels, including Kate Moss at the Cannes Film Festival.
The beautiful game poster boy even appeared on the catwalk as a model for Nino Cerruti’s spring-summer 1996 collection.
But it was his turn as an ambassador for hair giant L’Oreal in a 1997 TV commercial featuring the admiration of the woman who followed him.
He was the first person hired by the French company to play this role.
And he replaced Friends star Jennifer Aniston as the face of the brand – uttering the wonderful line, “L’Oreal, because I deserve it”.
FUCKED THE GOD
Ginola’s love of red wine, cheese and red meat has led his partner Maëva to say that he eats ‘like a Viking’.
It was a diet that cost him almost his life in 2016.
During a charity match in Mandelieu-La Napoule, in the south of France, Ginola collapsed while running, falling face-first onto the field.
Immobile, he was assisted by paramedics, who discovered that he had swallowed his tongue and had gone into cardiac arrest.
“My heart stopped beating for at least eight minutes,” he told The Sun exclusively in 2017.
“There was no pulse. I was dead. Then the air ambulance came and they hooked me up to a defibrillator.”
After four electric shocks, Ginola’s pulse started again.
He was rushed to hospital, where doctors performed a six-hour bypass surgery to save his life.
Most recently, David was a guest on the set of Sky Sports covering Newcastle’s match with Spurs at St James’ Park, when play was stopped after a fan suffered a heart attack.
Remarkable touched by the situation, Ginola admits it brought back “strange memories” for him as the situation unfolded.
However, he did offer an honest and frank discussion of his own experience and urged the public to learn CPR techniques.
IN LOVE AGAIN
Ginola, who also appeared on TalkSPORT, is said to have left his wife Coraline of 25 years for his current partner, the gorgeous model Maëva.
Before the news that they broke up, people saw him holding hands with a French beauty, 22 years younger than him, in Paris.
In 2018, they welcomed a baby into their world, and David played the part of a doting father, often seen holding his daughter in his arms all over London.
Ginola also has two children from a previous marriage, son Andrea and daughter Carla, a model back in France.
Although Maëva worries about her health, with a defibrillator on set should the worst happen, she believes Ginola will be fearless when it comes to the gruesome missions that lie ahead. .
“Almost nothing scares David, not even death,” she told The Sun.
“He’s a force of nature and will go topless when it snows.
“He doesn’t feel cold and he likes wind and rain. He is incredibly strong and says I make him feel young again.
“We like to play backgammon, but David always wins. You can’t play a game with him because he has to win and he always wins.
“He’s not afraid of insects or bugs. I scream if I see a spider and he screams at me and asks ‘Why are you screaming like that?’ The only thing he’s afraid of is sharks but he wants to dive with them to conquer his fear.”
With the show set in Wales, not Australia, David probably won’t encounter any sharks.
But you can bet he’ll make for an entertaining, sophisticated, and disruptive game I’m a celebrity competitor.
Even if that means sharing a year old to look after that bar.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4079420/im-a-celebrity-david-ginola-heart-attack/ My star David Ginola shines on the football field, but dies within eight minutes of a fatal heart attack