The majority of footballers aim to make most of their money during their professional careers, but here are 10 players who were considered rich before becoming footballers.
Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who were rich before football, according to Football Daily!
Many professional players reach the highest level due to the beautiful game being all they have, while others are privileged enough to see the sport as just a passion and not necessarily as a way of finding financial stability.
Brazil and AC Milan legend Kaka is reportedly one of these players, having come from a fairly wealthy family in the city of Gama, before moving to a more affluent area in Sao Paulo, where his career at the highest level began.
While his parents were by no means considered super-rich, the former Selecao playmaker did not have it as tough as many of his peers, which perhaps allowed him to play with the freedom he did.
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is another footballer who perhaps did not need football to survive as he reportedly comes from a family of billionaires, according to Football Daily. Bamford himself is a multi-talented man, and was even offered a soccer scholarship at Harvard University in the US.
FC Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique and controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli are also included in the gallery, coming from a family of successful businesspeople, while Faiq Bolkiah of Brunei also features due to his wealthy roots. Click through the gallery above to see some more footballers who were rich before they became professional players.
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