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On the sidewalk: Jessica Malone, 33, from the US, left her job at an environmental consultancy earlier this year and flew to Madrid in March to begin her dream of taking a sabbatical entirely devoted to watching sport (pictured on the American women's national team in action in Reims during the World Cup)

Football sabbatical! American football fan resigns so she can travel the world watching the beautiful game (and says Newcastle United is her team)

  • Jessica Malone, from Denver, started her dream trip about watching football in April
  • American football fan has watched 44 matches in 13 countries and three continents
  • The chance to see Barcelona star Lionel Messi was the inspiration to leave the US
  • Malone has visited stadiums, including the Nou Camp, Anfield and Old Trafford
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Stop the 9 to 5 to devote your life to watching sports sounds like the hassle of daydreaming, but for a football-obsessed fan it has become reality.

Jessica Malone, from Denver, decided to work full-time at an environmental consultancy in Colorado, a position she had been in for ten years, to follow the beautiful game around the world.

Malone, 33, has done exactly that for the past six months and has seen as much football as possible – and tennis – in famous stadiums around the world, including in Europe, South and Central America, with which she completed her adventure on Wednesday evening in La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On the sidewalk: Jessica Malone, 33, from the US, left her job at an environmental consultancy earlier this year and flew to Madrid in March to begin her dream of taking a sabbatical entirely devoted to watching sport (pictured on the American women's national team in action in Reims during the World Cup)

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On the sidewalk: Jessica Malone, 33, from the US, left her job at an environmental consultancy earlier this year and flew to Madrid in March to begin her dream of taking a sabbatical entirely devoted to watching sport (pictured on the American women's national team in action in Reims during the World Cup)

Jessica has crossed three continents and seen 44 games in 13 countries since April, including watching a game at the famous MaracanĂ£ stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Jessica has crossed three continents and seen 44 games in 13 countries since April, including watching a game at the famous MaracanĂ£ stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Jessica has crossed three continents and seen 44 games in 13 countries since April, including watching a game at the famous MaracanĂ£ stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Manchester & # 39; s Theater of Dreams, also known as Old Trafford, also saw Jessica visit while watching the Leicester City vs Manchester United match in September

Manchester & # 39; s Theater of Dreams, also known as Old Trafford, also saw Jessica visit while watching the Leicester City vs Manchester United match in September

Manchester & # 39; s Theater of Dreams, also known as Old Trafford, also saw Jessica visit while watching the Leicester City vs Manchester United match in September

The Newcastle United fan has so far clocked 44 stadiums – in 13 countries – for top-flight ladies and gentlemen races and visited sacred areas such as the Manchester of Dreams Theater and the Barcelona Nou Camp.

On the British site that Malone has visited, she takes place in Wembley, Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Etihad Stadium. A highlight, she says, was watching her team beat Newcastle United, Manchester United earlier in the season at St James Park on Tyneside.

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Modest, often in hostels, Malone, who says she will return to work next month, says she has had the time of her life to plan her journeys purely around football matches.

The prospect of seeing Barcelona star Lionel Messi, one of the game's biggest players ever, put Jessica on her football viewing

The prospect of seeing Barcelona star Lionel Messi, one of the game's biggest players ever, put Jessica on her football viewing

The prospect of seeing Barcelona star Lionel Messi, one of the game's biggest players ever, put Jessica on her football viewing

A follower of the men's and women's games, the football fan watching the Manchester derby in Manchester's Etihad stadium

A follower of the men's and women's games, the football fan watching the Manchester derby in Manchester's Etihad stadium

A follower of the men's and women's games, the football fan watching the Manchester derby in Manchester's Etihad stadium

Have a passport, watch football: the journey for Jessica started six months ago in Madrid
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Have a passport, watch football: the journey for Jessica started six months ago in Madrid

Have a passport, watch football: the journey for Jessica started six months ago in Madrid

She told me BBC: & # 39; I didn't have a place to live, so when I stopped, I didn't put all my travel plans together, but I just knew I had to leave and sort it out later.

She added: & # 39; I was thinking of the number one thing I wanted to do and that was to see Lionel Messi playing.

& # 39; I had certain stadiums and teams in mind that I thought, if I don't see them playing in this period of my life, when will I do it? & # 39;

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Malone says she has now blown the final whistle of her adventure after watching River Plate and Boca Juniors on Wednesday night at the historic La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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