At the end of a professional footballer’s career, wealth and optimism can soon be replaced by bankruptcy and disillusionment.
While football players might be used to a big pay and a certain luxurious standard of living during their playing days, the reality is that most professional sports careers – football included – are fairly limited.
It is simply an age factor – once a player enters their mid-30s, it is basically just a matter of time before they retire and are replaced by a youthful talent. So, what jobs are available for players after they retire? Here are 18 players who took up interesting jobs after football.
1. Stuart Ripley
Ripley, who played for Southampton, Blackburn, and England, is now a qualified solicitor and prospective law lecturer in Lancashire.
2. Arjan de Zeeuw
Just watch what you do when Arjan de Zeeuw is nearby, as the former Wigan defender is now a private investigator in the Netherlands.