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16 November 2018

Bennett Dean
Maty Ryan takes to the field at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s visit to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday was the final journey before the international break for most — but for goalkeeper Maty Ryan, it was just the beginning of a mammoth set of trips around the world.

The 26-year-old faces two international friendlies for Australia, and there was no hanging around after Albion’s 12th Premier League match of the season in Wales, as he rapidly set off for his home nation.

With seven flights across 12 days, Ryan will have visited four countries, potentially played three football matches and flown 22,477 miles, just a few thousand short of the earth’s circumference at the equator.

Ryan’s journey began with a 138-mile trip from Gatwick Airport to Cardiff Airport on Friday, before making the return journey following Albion’s 2-1 defeat against the Bluebirds.

On arrival at Gatwick, the Socceroos shot-stopper switched terminals to board a 3,405-mile flight to Dubai International Airport, where he would then complete the second half of the trip to Brisbane.

Another 7,442-mile flight delivered Ryan to his homeland, where he joined up with his Australian team-mates for a four-day training camp, which started on Monday morning.

After playing an international friendly against Korea Republic on Saturday 17th November, a 468-mile internal flight from Brisbane to Sydney will take the Socceroos to the capital for their second game.

Lebanon provide the opposition on Tuesday 20th November — but again Ryan will have little time to settle after the match, as he embarks on his 10,886-mile journey back to Gatwick via Dubai.

In total, Ryan will spend an estimated 45 hours and 48 minutes on aeroplanes due to his jaw-dropping 22,477-mile trip.

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