Video: 10 players who went on to have careers outside of football

Dion Dublin John Gregory Aston Villa

Recognisable ex-players who played for Chelsea, Everton, Aston Villa, Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle United feature.

When a player calls time upon his career, it often opens up a number of opportunities within the game. Retired players tend to stay within the game within some capacity as it is all they have ever known.

While many footballers have gone into the coaching or media side of the game following retirement, some have moved away from football completely! We take a look at ten former players who have made a name for themselves outside of football.

Andriy Shevchenko

The former Ukrainian forward made his name for his goalscoring exploits for AC Milan but many remember his disastrous big money move to Chelsea that saw just a return of nine goals in 48 games. Despite this, his 127 goals in Milan and a UEFA Champions League winners medal more than made up for this.

After retiring in 2012, he decided to start what proved to be a short-lived career in politics. He represented the Ukraine Forward Party in 2012 election where his party only gained 1.58% of the national vote and gained no constituencies.

After this, he turned his hobby of golf into a full time profession when he competed in the Kharkov Superior Cup in 2013. He ended the tournament 26 over par. This was again a short lived experience and he returned to football in 2016 as the head coach of the Ukrainian national side. 

Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko (R) celebrates his goal with teammate Andriy Yarmolenko during game against SwedenUkraine's Andriy Shevchenko celebrates his goal with Andriy Yarmolenko 

Dion Dublin

Following his retirement in 2008, the former Aston Villa and Norwich City man has enjoyed a fruitful career outside of football. 

In 2011, Dublin created his own percussion instrument creatively called "The Dube" and accompanied the band Ocean Colour Scene on stage during a gig at the University of East Anglia.

He has remained within the game in a football pundit capacity on a number of shows for the BBC but in 2015 he became a permanent fixture working as a presenter on the BBC show Homes under the Hammer.

Vinnie Jones

From the small screen to the big screen, ex-Wilmbledon midfielder Vinnie Jones has turned his hand to acting after retirement and made his debut in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998.

Jones has been in a number of various British based films including Snatch and the Mean Machine but has also had roles in Hollywood blockbusters including X Men: Last Stand. The former hard man also showed his softer side with voice over roles in family favourites such as Garfield and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

Jones also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 7 where he became a favourite in the house and finished third.

Vinnie Jones poses for a selfie with fansVinnie Jones poses for a selfie with fans

John Fashanu

Fashanu was another former player that turned his hand to television following retirement. 

He is best known for his role as co-presenter in the 90's game show favourite Gladiators alongside Ulrika Johnson. Fashanu can still be found on the TV screen but in his native Nigeria where he presents their version of Deal or No Deal.

Tim Wiese

Wiese retired from football in 2014 and was immediately offered a developmental contract with the WWE.

The former German international goalkeeper swapped his gloves for wrestling boots and is learning his new trade at the WWE Performance Centre. Wiese, or Tim "The Machine" Wiese as he is called in the ring has yet to make his debut on television but appeared in a live event in Germany.

Wiese made an appearance for German eight division amateur side SSV Dillingen last month and said that he still has what it takes to play in the Bundesliga.

Thomas Gravesen 

Gravesen enjoyed a successful spell in the world of football where he can boast his former clubs as Real Madrid, Everton and Celtic.

He hung up his boots in 2008 and has managed to earn more money after football than he did during his 13 year career. As of 2013, he was reportedly worth £80 million after venturing into the world of business. He is currently living the high life in Las Vegas and is enjoying the fruits of his labour in the most glamorous fashion.

Fabien Barthez

The former Manchester United and French World Cup winner retired in 2007 following a 17-year career on the pitch. 

The goalkeeper swapped his goalie gloves for racing gloves in 2008 and began a career in motorsport. He has participated twice in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race.

Jerzy Dudek

Another shot stopper that turned his hand to racing was Jerzy Dudek. The Pole made his name in football with Liverpool after his goalkeeping heroics helped them lift the Uefa Champions League in 2005.

In 2014, Dudek completed his first full season in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup, a racing championship held in circuits around Eastern Europe during the summer monthsTurned to motorsport. Volkswagen Castrol cup in 2013.


Phillipe Albert

Albert is best remembered for his part in Newcastle United's 5-0 victory over Manchester United. The defender scored an audacious 20-yard chip over Peter Schmeichel.

After making 96 appearances in a five year spell at St James' Park from 1994 to 1999, the Belgian retired in 2000. He can now be found in his native Belgium running a successful fruit and vegetable company.

Lee Bowyer

Bowyer was renowned for his fiery temperament on the pitch and his fight with Newcastle United team-mate Keiron Dyer in the middle of game went down in Premier League history.

The midfielder retired from the game in 2012 and whilst a career in boxing would've been a safe bet, Bowyer's career after football has leaned towards one of his hobbies. He now runs a carp fishing lake in France, which is called "Etang de Bows" which translates to "Bow's Lake."

Lee Bowyer Leeds 2Lee Bowyer during his time for Leeds United

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