Transfer Indo

Footballers in Maldives - Diana Lissa

If you think a seaplane transfer is expensive, try a Full Back transfer. The Premier League transfer window (and most of the major leagues) close today so expect some late breaking moves as the best and the brightest of the football pitches return from the their summer R&R on the atoll beaches. Here’s a starting eleven of those who chose to stretch out in the Maldives (and few bonus supporters). For even more examples, check out Bunyamin Ahmed’s social media feeds (though they are all airport selfies).

  1. David Beckham (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah – Manchester United
    David Beckham (United Kingdom) – One & Only Reethi Rah - Manchester United)
      
  2. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – NIYAMA – FC Barcelona
    Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – NIYAMA - FC Barcelona
      
  3. Jordi Amat (Spain) – Anantara Dhigu – Swansea City
    Jordi Amat (Spain) – Anantara Dhigu - Swansea City
      
  4. Emiliano Martínez (Argentina) – Conrad Rangali – Arsenal
    Emiliano Martínez (Argentina) – Conrad Rangali - Arsenal
      
  5. Victor Lindelhof (Sweden) – Hurawalhi – Benfica
    Victor Lindelhof (Sweden) – Hurawalhi – Benfica
      
  6. Jorge “Koke” Resurrección (Spain) – Anantara Kihavah Villas – Atlético de Madrid
    Jorge Koke Resurrección (Spain) – Anantara Kihavah Villas - Atlético de Madrid
      
  7. Claudio Marchisio (Italy) – Constance Halaveli – Juventus
    Claudio Marchisio (Italy) – Constance Halaveli - Juventus
      
  8. Dmitri Tarasov Buzov (Russia) – Velaa – FC Lokomotiv Moscow
    Dmitri Tarasov Buzov (Russia) – Velaa - FC Lokomotiv Moscow
      
  9. Fabio Borini (Italy) Gili Lankanfushi – Liverpool FC
    Fabio Borini (Italy) – Gili Lankanfushi - Liverpool FC
      
  10. Alejandro Remiro (Spain) – Velassaru – Portero del Athletic Club
    Alejandro Remiro (Spain) – Velassaru - Portero del Athletic Club
      
  11. Santiago Arias (Columbia) – Conrad Rangali – PSV Eidnhoven
    Santiago Arias (Columbia) – Conrad Rangali - PSV Eidnhoven
      

Beach Football goal - Any Salceanu (Italy) - Paradise Island

Best of the Maldives: Football – Mirihi

Mirihi Astro-Turf Football Pitch

If you want to escape everything with your trip to the Maldives except beloved ‘footie’, then the most sympathetically fanatical resort is Mirihi who not only, like many, have their own football team, but also have their own astro-turf foot ball pitch. Guests are welcome to join in the games as reported by ‘librahi’ on this Trip Advisor report.