Former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack requested that a speeding ticket costing nearly $13,000 be reduced to $1,300 because the 36-year-old no longer has a job after being released by Bayer Leverkusen over the summer. Before he left Chelsea in 2010, Ballack was earning closed to $130,000 per week.
“Just because he is a famous footballer doesn’t mean he has any money coming in,” Ballack’s lawyer, Jesús Gallego Rol, said at his hearing. Rol also pointed out that driving at high speeds is tolerated on German highways.
The ticket was issued in the resort town of Trujillo, Spain, where a mobile speed camera caught the former German captain was caught going 131 miles per hour on a road where the speed limit is 75. He was driving an Audi U7.