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NEW TRADE Ex-Arsenal ace is an environmental entrepreneur and Manchester United icon Eric Cantona is an actor – footballers’ surprising career paths

The career of a top flight footballer may be lucrative one, but it’s a great deal shorter than most other professions.

After retirement, most Premier League footballers either go into coaching or take a plunge into punditry.


Ballon d’Or winner George Weah is now, incredibly, the Liberian President

The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have all blessed our screens since hanging up their boots to give their expert analysis.

However, every so often a former footballer decides to completely move away from the beautiful game to try something new.

George Weah is perhaps the best example. The former AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea star is now, incredibly, the president of Liberia.

But who are those former footballers and how are they getting on in their new professions? has drawn up a selection of some former stars who have taken some unexpected career paths…


Undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers of all time , Romario scored a staggering 680 goals in his club career and single-handedly led Brazil to a World Cup triumph in 1994.

After his glittering career in football and a short stint in management, the Brazil icon decided to go into politics and was elected to the senate with the highest ever vote share for a candidate representing Rio de Janeiro in 2014.

However, he has since unsuccessfully campaigned to be Rio’s governor.

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