That means there's a very legitimate possibility your girl might flat-out be better than you, in which case she'll be able to critique your game and maybe even teach you a thing or two.

Ever heard your boy complain about how the girl he met on a Friday night looks totally different on a Saturday morning? Let's face it, "sweatpants, hair tied, chillin' with no makeup on" (warming up before a game) is probably the point at which you fell in love with her, anyway.

Swaddled by the trappings of outrageous wealth, they've simply lost touch with any kind of reality, and this would make them a tough date.

Balotelli - who has almost burned his house down with some fireworks, crashed a number of cars worth more than most people's annual salaries and broken into a women's prison in the last two years - just goes to show that dating a footballer might not be all its cracked up to be.

Many professional women basketball players compete year-round while most men dunk over each other every night.

They're all fierce in their own ways, but soccer is one of the few sports that looks identical no matter who's on the field.

With the Premiership in full swing in its annual attempt to fleece people out of their hard-earned cash, our thoughts are turning away from the dedicated, likeable and hard-working Olympic athletes who have been gracing our screens of late and towards their polar opposite - footballers.

On the surface, going out with a footballer seems like a pretty good deal.

Most people might not understand the idea of visiting a soccer tournament for an ideal vacation, but not these girls.

Sure, that trip to an all-inclusive island resort is OK, but traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic final sounds even better.

On the other hand, many footballers compensate for the vacuum where their personality should be by being crassly over-confident.