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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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