15 Premier League Players Who Retired And Found Regular Jobs
Today – and throughout the last decade for that matter – it’s inconceivable that any PL player would need to work a regular job when they’re done with the game. PL players are amongst the most well-paid athletes in the world, so provided they do some financial planning, they’ll have a nice little nest egg off of which they’ll be able to live comfortably when they hang up their boots. There’s no need to work a regular job and for a lot of these ex-pros and there’s no desire to either; it can be hard transitioning from the life of a pro athlete to working 9-5 and donning a suit and tie in an office job for example.
We’ve said a lot of these ex PL players would’ve had no desire to work a regular job. But back in the day, a lot of these players didn’t enjoy the riches that today’s stars come to expect. Some, therefore, had to find work when their playing days were over out of sheer necessity, whereas others did so because they wanted to pursue other interests and keep themselves busy.
Whatever their reasons may be, these are 15 ex PL pros who worked regular jobs when they retired.
- LEE BOWYER
Lee Bowyer was once upon a time quite a well-known name in the PL. He spent his entire career in the English leagues – a career notable for his time with Leeds United, with whom he made 265 appearances. He then had a brief spell with West Ham, which coincided with him getting his one and only international cap for England.
Aside from football, Lee’s always loved fishing. During the summer breaks, he used to travel to Orconte, France, to partake in Carp fishing. He had a love affair with that lake, and when his career was winding to a close, he decided to buy the 12-acre property at Orconte. Lee now runs the lake full time and has named it after himself — Etang de Bows. Fishing helps him unwind, something which he can now do full-time. Lee also rents out a couple of properties, besides his lake property, but may still get back into football. He’s considering using his expertise and knowledge of the game as a youth coach.
- RAY WILSON
Ray Wilson’s famous for being a part of the England 1966 World Cup winning team. He played at left-back, making 409 appearances with English teams, and was definitely one of the most underrated players in the England set up. He actually gained most of his recognition once his playing days were over; the media launched a campaign to get his services to football recognized, and he subsequently received an MBE.
His profession after football also got a lot of people talking. He launched a business as an undertaker, and it grew into a very successful business too. He built the business in Huddersfield and spent more than 20 years of his life post football as an undertaker before deciding to put his feet up and take it easy, retiring in 1997.
- ARJAN DE ZEEUW
Dutchman Arjan began his career in the Dutch amateur leagues before making the move to England and spending the majority of the remainder of his career playing in the PL. Arjan had spells in the PL with Barnsley, Wigan and Portsmouth, and was a solid centre-back, renowned for his professionalism and conduct on the pitch.
Arjan is also a very intelligent man and got an education before embarking on a career in professional football. Consequently, he turned pro quite late, at the age of 22, but got a degree in medical sciences under his belt. This came in handy when he retired in 2009, as he chose to pursue his passion – science. He began working as a forensic scientist with an investigative detection firm, which allowed him to put all those lab skills he learnt many years ago to good use.
- JOHN CHIEDOZIE
Born in Nigeria, John Chiedozie moved to England as a teenager and began his career in English football as an apprentice. He quickly made it through to the first team with Leyton Orient and went on to have a very long and successful career in English football. He spent his entire career playing for English clubs and made a few international appearances too. A decade after he hung up his boots, his performances and contribution to football and Nigerian football were recognized by the President of Nigeria, who bestowed upon him the title of Officer of the Order of Niger.
But John got tired of twiddling his thumbs after retiring from football and so decided to set up a kiddies entertainment business. He runs the business in the New Forest area of Hampshire and is the go-to man if you want to give your kids a party to remember.
- RAMON VEGA
Former Swiss international and central defender Ramon Vega is another guy who got himself an education before embarking on a pro football career. He got a degree in banking and financing at the Zürich Business School before starting his career with Grasshopper Club Zürich. Seven years later, he made the move to the UK, where he played for Spurs in the PL.
Ramon had a relatively successful time of it during his football career, but became a superstar in the world of banking and finance when he retired from the game. He set up the Duet Group – an asset management and private equity company – and later formed a real estate company. He’s continued to rake in the cash, working out of an office in Central London, and has earned over £15 million since he began utilizing his financial knowledge and savviness.