Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service after driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The 29-year-old of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, was also banned from driving for six months and fined £1,000.
He was arrested after breaking an earlier driving ban for failing to reply to police letters about speeding.
Magistrates heard Tevez does not have a UK licence because he has struggled to pass the theory test in English.
Argentinian striker Tevez was stopped by police on 7 March as he left the Mottram Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Cheshire, Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court heard.
Kate Marchuk, prosecuting, said: “There had been a call from an anonymous caller, that the defendant had driven a white Range Rover to the golf club whilst disqualified.”
In fact Tevez did not get into the Range Rover, but left the club at about 17:00 GMT in a white Porsche Cayenne.
He was stopped nearby and arrested for driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
He told the officer: “I only live down the road. Two minutes.”
Tevez was taken to the police station and later bailed but at a second interview made no reply to police questions.