Meet David Ginola – I’m A Celebrity 2021 star and French football legend

The former Spurs and Newcastle favourite is heading to a certain castle in Wales.

David Ginola for I'm A Celebrity 2021

A new King or Queen of the Castle will be crowned in the coming weeks.

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I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 has truly started in earnest now and the full line-up of contestants for the new series have entered the Castle.

The famous faces who have entered the camp include Emmerdale actor Danny Miller and former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips.

However, one campmate who is sure to wrestle for the title of the camp alpha male is football legend David Ginola.

So, why would a legend like David Ginola head into the camp?

Before beginning his filming on the ITV show, David Ginola revealed: “Doing I’m A Celebrity has come at the perfect time for me and I am really looking forward to it all now.

|”It’s also going to be a crazy experience!”

So, without further ado, here is all you need to know about French footballer David Ginola and what he said about joining the cast of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Who is David Ginola?

David Ginola
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Age: 54

Job: Former professional footballer

Instagram: @davidginolaofficial

Twitter: @teamginola

David Ginola is best known as a former French professional footballer and has also worked as a model and actor.

In his football career as a forward, Ginola played for Paris Saint-Germain and then Newcastle United in the English Premier League.

He later played for Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton.

Ginola also played for the French national team between 1990 and 1995.

He retired from playing football professionally in 2002.

Karen Clifton, David Ginola (BBC from mag, EH)
Karen Clifton dancing with David Ginola for Strictly Come Dancing for Sport Relief 2018

As with many in his profession, since retiring as a football player he has gone on to become a football pundit, contributing to the likes of the BBC and BT Sport.

Ginola has also hosted the show Match of ze Day for the French channel Canal+.

In 2015, Ginola also ran a failed campaign for the FIFA presidency.

He also competed in the first series of the French version of Strictly Come Dancing, Danse avec les stars.

David Ginola finished the competition in third place with his professional dance partner, Silvia Notargiacomo.

He also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing for Sport Relief in 2018.

What has David Ginola said about joining I’m A Celebrity 2021?

The I'm A Celebrity 2021 cast
ITV

David Ginola has discussed his casting in the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

The football icon commented: “It is starting to sink in now that I am doing I’m A Celebrity. When I got offered the chance to do the programme, I thought, ‘Why not?’ 

“It’s going to be a great experience and it’s the chance to spend three weeks in the castle doing things you have never done in your life.”

Despite remaining tight-lipped on his phobias, Ginola already knows what role he will have in the camp.

“I will be the chef in the camp,” he revealed. “And rice and beans is perfect for me as I have put on six kilos over the past three months and I think it will be interesting to see if I can lose six kilos in three weeks!

“Because we have been in lockdown many times over the past two years, being locked in a castle for I’m A Celebrity won’t be an issue for me.”

We’ll have to wait and see if David is right.

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