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Paul Gascoigne has 25 trophies away from football – including in 10-pin bowling

Paul Gascoigne is without a shadow of a doubt one of England's greatest ever players – but he's won many more trophies away from football.

Gazza's legendary career really didn't have the achievements to match it. He retired in 2004 with an FA Cup from his time at Tottenham and two Scottish Premierships, a Scottish Cup and a Scottish League Cup won during his Rangers spell on his honours list.

But the midfield maestro had better luck with silverware after he hung up his boots and turned his attention to other sports. In fact, he's lifted a total of 25 trophies in the years since.

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It seems his supreme talent stretched further than just football and allowed him to excel elsewhere. "I have got eight trophies for tennis, eight for badminton, eight for table tennis – even one for 10-pin bowling," Gazza recalled.

His haul could've been far greater had he not turned down a move to Manchester United in 1988 when Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him from Newcastle. He instead joined Spurs as they'd offered his dad a car and his sister a sun bed (yes, really), which ended up being a major regret.

In a recent interview with author Rob Moore, Gazza said: "I saw him not long ago, Alex Ferguson. He's 82 and it was at a game last year. So I was told, 'Paul, Alex Ferguson wants to see you.' I thought, 'F***, here we go again.'

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"And he went ‘How we doing?’ I said, ‘I'm alright, thanks.’ Then, ‘You b*****d, why didn't you f***ing sign for me when you had the chance, no one ever f***ing lets me down. I said, ‘I know, I'm sorry.’ ‘You were some f***ing player then, son.’

“I'm still annoyed looking at him, thinking, ‘F***, what a manager.' He took no s**t. I reckon I'd have gotten a few b******ings from him definitely but I'd have been the same player.

"I turned down Man United more because Spurs offered me mam and dad a house phone and £20,000 and me dad a car and me sister a sunbed. At that time Spurs were better than Man United, they were much better.

"It wasn't until I signed for Spurs a year later that Fergie brought on Becks, Scholes and they started winning everything. Then you think, wow."

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