Judging footballers by their prowess on the field may be fair, but some of the biggest names in the sport lead secret entrepreneurial double lives that hide their talent beyond the game.
Take Ryan Bertrand. Your first thought might not be his knack for finance, but he began his career on the trading floor at 18, and has used some of his football profits to set up fintech company Silicon Markets. He even lists it as his primary employment on his LinkedIn profile.
He also shares ownership of football emoji company Footiemoji with none than Chelsea captain, John Terry.
In SBO’s new look into the business ventures footballers have made in their spare time reveals Barcelona centre-back Gerard Piqué is not only a footballer and professional poker player, but owns video game company Kerad Games. Similarly, centre-mid Andrés Iniesta has a successful wine label, and New York midfielder Frank Lampard is a property magnate.
The biggest business name among all of these entrepreneurial footballers is Mainz forward Maximilian Beister’s Snaxcup, a plate-and-cup combo invention that makes the lives of football fans much easier.
If you thought Pelé’s only money-makers were football and books about it, or if you’ve ever wondered what Mathieu Flamini’s contribution to environmental science has been, then check out the full infographic.
Footballers business lives