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Shirtless Ricky Hatton gets on the beers ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League final clash


Jun 10, 2023
Shirtless Ricky Hatton gets on the beers ahead of Manchester City's Champions League final clash


Ricky Hatton is already in party-mode, going shirtless and downing pints ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League final.

The retired boxer is a huge City fan, often sporting the club’s colours on his shorts when he was in the ring.

Ricky Hatton is enjoying himself in Turkey


Ricky Hatton is enjoying himself in TurkeyCredit: AFP

And there was no chance that he was going to miss out on his beloved club’s chance of winning the treble, a feat they are just one step away from.

City face Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul having already won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Hatton is soaking up the Turkish sunshine ahead of the match’s kick-off at 8:00, hitting up the various bars that Istanbul have open.

Pictures have emerged of the 44-year-old shirtless next to a table with an impressive 14 pints of lager on.

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Emblazoned with a canvas of tattoos, Hatton looks in decent shape as he even flexed the muscles that knocked out Paulie Malignaggi, Jose Luis Castillo and Carlos Maussa.

Along with a troupe of other fanatical City supporters, they look ready to drink Istanbul dry of Efes.

And they should be in high spirits as City go into the contest against Inter as massive favourites, having already thrashed Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on route to the final.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Hatton has already described his club’s journey from the lower levels to where they are now.

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Hatton even showed off his guns


Hatton even showed off his gunsCredit: Simon Jones
When wearing a shirt, he sported a retro maroon City kit from the 90s


When wearing a shirt, he sported a retro maroon City kit from the 90sCredit: Instagram @rickyhitmanhatton

He said: “We’ve come a long way, City. When you think that we were in League One a few years ago, to be playing a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and beating them 4-1 on aggregate, it’s crazy!

“City have always had a massive following, even when we were in League One.

“But, speaking on behalf of most City fans, I can honestly say that I don’t think any of us thought we’d be watching football as good as this, so we’re making the most of it while we have it.”

If City beat Inter on Saturday night, it will be their first Champions League trophy and it will also see them land the treble.

Only Manchester United have completed that feat in England, doing so in 1999.

Talking about his past trips on the road supporting City, Hatton added: “Oh god! I’ve got so many funny stories.

“How much time have you got? Honestly, I’ve got plenty.

“When you go away and watch City, me, and the lads, you’re having a beer, you’re having a laugh.

Hatton is one of Britain's most popular boxers and sported City's colours on his shorts


Hatton is one of Britain’s most popular boxers and sported City’s colours on his shortsCredit: Getty

“There’s a million and one stories, but some of them are probably best not to be repeated. They are always good trips away.”

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And no doubt, some new memories will be forged tonight in Istanbul – it is never a quiet night with Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton.

Plenty will be keeping up with City to see if they can achieve footballing history, and you can listen to it exclusively on talkSPORT.

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