With not all footballers being able to earn enough during their heyday to not have to work after retirement, here are some interesting jobs former players took after hanging up their boots, including a former Orlando Pirates star.
Click through the gallery above to see some footballers who had or have interesting jobs after their playing careers, as per AS.
On Wednesday, images of former Turkey and Galatasaray striker Hakan Sukur made the rounds on social media.
The former Turkey captain hung up his boots in 2008 and initially went into politics. In 2011, he was elected a member of parliament in his home country, but things went downhill when he insulted current president Recep Erdogan on Twitter in 2016.
An arrest warrant was subsequently issued against him and he fled Turkey for the US, where he currently works as an Uber driver. He told Welt am Sonntag that his houses, businesses and bank accounts in Turkey were seized by the government.
Former Parma and Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla is experiencing a better life after football. The retired Colombia international launched his own line of condoms in 2014. The contraceptives were produced in China with the aim of being sold in his home country, he told The Guardian.
On the local front, many former players have taken up jobs after leaving the beautiful game behind. For example, retired Ronnie "Mainline" Zondi, who spent five years playing for Orlando Pirates, revealed that he now stocks and sells meat.
Other ex-players became a priest, a private detective and vacuum cleaner salesman – click through the gallery above to see some more interesting post-football jobs!
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