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What exactly do footballers get up to after they retire?

From novelty game shows to valuing real estate

From riches to… fishes.

Being a professional footballer doesn’t do a great amount for your CV.

That is of course unless you are as interesting as Michael Owen… or as articulate as Paul Merson.


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“So, come here often?”

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“So, come here often?”

Sure, punditry pays handsomely. Thierry Henry, was the top earner at Sky Sports on £1.2million a year and Gary Lineker pulls in £1.75mil at the BBC.

But what about those who choose different careers after hanging up their boots?

Here are six footballers who did something completely unexpected in retirement…

1 Robbie Fowler

Who let Yer Da on ‘The Jump’?

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Who let Yer Da on ‘The Jump’?

Known for his goal-scoring abilities, who would have thought in the six years since his retirement he would have built a property empire?

Fowler deals in luxury real estate in Manchester and London, having started on terrace houses in Oldham.

His company has been valued at £34m.

2 David Ginola

Remember when he comically ran for FIFA President?

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Remember when he comically ran for FIFA President?

This suave ladies’ man of the 1990s, who retired in 2002 went into winemaking.

Ginola won a silver award on his winemaking debut for his outstanding ‘Coste Brulade’ rose.

A medal he will cherish, having been snubbed from France’s World cup winning squad in 1998.

Upon receiving the accolade he said: “I’m so happy for the lads.” Clearly finding it hard to shake the football lingo.

3 George Weah

He can’t resist getting his kit on every so often

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He can’t resist getting his kit on every so often

Ballon d’Or winner in 1995, now president of Liberia. The obvious career path.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker became the oldest ever international player when he came on for Liberia last month.

Fancy a run out, Theresa?

4 Phil Mulryne

Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait

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Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait

Once part of Man United’s squad in the late nineties, the central midfielder is now a priest in the making.

He was famously sent home from Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers after an all-nighter with Jeff Whitley.

He has since traded the naughty water for the holy water.

5 Lee Bowyer

When he’s not busy fishing, he occasionally manages Charlton

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When he’s not busy fishing, he occasionally manages Charlton

Famed for his scrap with team-mate Kieron Dyer, the former Newcastle and Leeds hard-man swapped fighting team-mates to wrestling carp.

Bowyer has opened a fishing lake in France since his retirement.

He has modestly named the lake ‘Etang de Bows’ translating to Bow’s lake.

6 Dion Dublin

Squad goals

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Squad goals

The former Premier League striker has swapped tap-ins for bargains.

He’s now one of three hosts on the day time classic Home Under the Hammers playing up top with Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander.

Sold to the man with over 312 Premier League appearances.

Whatever pays the bills eh lads?


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