Paris Hilton, Abi Titmuss, Katie Price, any self-respecting Nuts magazine reader (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) will notice a connection between those names. All have been the ‘unwitting’ star of a leaked celebrity sex tape.
Now there is a new name to add to that list. Paulo Wanchope. Yes that Paulo Wanchope. The former Derby County, West Ham and Manchester City striker from Costa Rica, famous for his unique combination of ungainly technique and outrageous skill.
Wanchope’s tape depicts him engaging in a variety of sexual acts with model Bárbara Rodríguez, who is apparently Costa Rica’s answer to Kate Moss. The tape was initially ‘leaked’ onto the internet but, as appears to be the fashion, Miss Rodriguez negotiated a deal for a share of the profits in exchange for giving her consent to mass scale distribution.
Incredibly the 50 minute recording is now the biggest selling DVD of any kind in Costa Rican history with an estimated 250,000 official sales - a figure which excludes the many pirated copies reputedly available on the streets of San José. It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults in Costa Rica have viewed the film with even the serving President Oscar Arias publicly admitting to viewing it.
Wanchope, 32 who is now retired from football and managing in the Costa Rican league has been somewhat coy about his much talked about starring role. It was only three months after the DVD was released that his solicitor issued a statement saying that while he was slightly “embarrassed” about his appearance in the film he did not feel a need to stop it as it had “bought such joy to the strong nation of Costa Rica”