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Footballers Who Became Businessmen

Siphiwe Tshabalala is not the only footballer who tried his luck with a fish and ships shop, with a 2006 FIFA World Cup winner also opening one. Here is a list of players who became successful businessmen off the pitch!

Click through the gallery above to see some footballers who became businessmen, according to various sources!

The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder recently opened up about his failed fish and chips business, and he has also launched a children's book called Super Shabba, but he is not the only player to trying his luck in business outside of football.

In fact, 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso, who recently won his first trophy as a manager after guiding Napoli to Coppa Italia triumph over Juventus, also owns a fish and chips shop. It is called "Gattuso and Bianchi" and was opened in his hometown Corigliano Calabro. David Beckham and Ronaldinho were VIP guests at its launch.

"Someone might even smile at it but this store is a dream come true for me," Gattuso said at the time, as quoted by NS Business.

"I wanted to become a fisherman when I was a child, but life's events have later driven me in different directions."

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently became football's first billionaire, also makes a lot of money outside of the game. He owns a hotel chain as well as his own "CR7" clothing line, which includes a range of underwear, socks, premium shirts and shoes. Forbes stated that the Juventus superstar has earned $650 (R11.1 billion) million from his salaries over the course of his playing career since 2005, while the rest of the billion he is said to have earned has come from endorsement deals and other business ventures.

Another footballer who has made headlines off the pitch is former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini. The 36-year-old is currently without a club, but is reportedly primed to make a lot of money through his bioscience business, GF Biochemicals, which he founded with Pasquale Granata in 2008. His company has made great strides since and now employs more than 400 people. It became the first company to mass-produce levulinic acid, a sustainable oil substitute, and has been tipped to be valued at $22.3 billion (R386 billion) one day.

Read: 11 Footballers Who Went Broke

You can find more footballers, current and retired, who ventured into the business world in the gallery above! Their ventures include vineries and property firms, and one of them even launched his own condom line.

Which player do you think makes the most money from his off-field business? Have your say in the comments section below.

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