Becoming a professional footballer is a lifelong ambition for millions of young children around the globe. They dedicate their livelihood to the cause and sacrifice whatever they can in order to succeed, with many not giving a second thought to what they’ll do following their footballing career. These guys, however, managed to land on their feet in ways that nobody could’ve imagined. Literally.
We’re all for diversity when it comes to carving a path for yourself following retirement, but the entrants on this gallery took things to a whole new level. They are living, breathing evidence of the fact that footballers aren’t only good for one thing. Their natural talents extend far beyond the diameters of a standard pitch, no matter how badly the likes of Joey Barton attempt to drag them down.
Disclaimer: Mr Barton’s attempts at becoming a professional gambler will not feature on this list.
Aside from being able to leather a ball at 200 mph, George Weah is a multi-talented individual in other departments – as evidenced by his transition into becoming a politician in his home nation of Liberia. Image Source: Twitter
This one has been highly publicised as of late, but it deserves another mention here: Djibril Cisse has swapped banging in goals for mixing decks as he strives to become a DJ. Can you just imagine being a club where the Frenchman is blasting out some David Guetta at 3am? Magical. Image Source: Twitter
It was obvious from the start of his career that Tim Wiese was destined for great things, but not necessarily in the world of football. It turns out that his destiny led him towards the WWE for a brief stint. Image Source: Twitter
Leboeuf is a pretty influential figure within the game, and he’s gone under the radar as a semi-successful actor too. In fact, he even popped up in Theory of Everything as the doctor who told Stephen Hawking about his diagnosis. So that’s nice. Image Source: Twitter
King of beautiful chipped goals, owner of a fruit and veg stall, or both? We’ll let you decide. Image Source: Twitter
Arjan de Zeeuw
Playing for Wigan is enough to drive anyone to insanity, but in this case Arjan de Zeeuw used it as fuel to go on and become a private investigator. Image Source: Twitter
Gravesen actually had a fairly stellar career, which included stints at Real Madrid and Everton. Despite this he found the most success at the poker table, where the Dane is reported to have won millions. Image Source: Twitter
From a quiet, unassuming goalkeeper for Manchester United to a motorsport enthusiast in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Image Source: Twitter
Claiming a World Cup winner’s medal clearly wasn’t enough for Bixente, as he went on to become a master in the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Image Source: Twitter
What's the best course of action when you become a journeyman player? Go and knock seven shades out of anyone who will take you on in boxing, of course.
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So for all of those prospering young stars out there wondering what they’re going to do in the aftermath of their peak, fear not – because quite literally anything is still on the table. It may be a cameo in Coronation Street or a tenure as a butcher, whatever the case may be no one job is better than the other.
Well, apart from Cisse being a DJ. What a guy.