While the average footballer dresses up and drives the flashiest cars, a happy retirement is not always guaranteed.
Zheng Zhi has been designated player-coach in Guangzhou, China's cash-strapped metropolis. Yes, the games are lucrative, but it is up to the players and their managers to plan ahead and invest for the future.
That is why, after their careers are over, some players retire and live happily ever after, while others cut frustrated figures.
I've compiled a list of renowned African footballers who went bankrupt after retirement in today's article:
1. Rashidi Yekini
For nearly two decades, Rashidi Yekini, a former Nigerian international, was the country's poster boy.
He was at the peak of his career, and his abilities allowed him to play for Nigeria in five international tournaments, scoring 37 goals.
Yekini, on the other hand, died penniless in his later years, having struggled with despair and ill health. After being diagnosed with bipolar disease and depression, he died at the age of 48. He was usually seen strolling Ibadan's streets.
2. Wilson Oruma
Wilson Oruma, a former Nigerian international, was said to be in a bad mood after being duped out of N1.2 billion by a pastor and some counterfeit oil merchants in December 2012.
Oruma, 41, has played for Lens, Marseille, and Lens, among other clubs in France and Europe.
Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, and Nwankwo Kanu, his past international teams, decided to join in a football competition to raise funds for him following the tragedy.
3. Late Philemon Masinga
After scoring the game-winning goal for South Africa in the 1998 World Cup in France, this man became well-known.
He was both a businessman and a sportsman. Rags, on the other hand, came knocking after he retired from playing.
It was a strong evidence of that when he moved from a multimillion-dollar mansion to a back room at his mother's house in Soweto.
4. Junaid Hartley
Hartley fell broke after spending all of his football money on attorneys when attempting to sever ties with the Orlando Pirates.
He tried to rebuild his career, but he ran out of luck. Hartley began misusing drugs after he was left penniless, making his life even more tough.
He is, nevertheless, the current coach of the under-11 team of the Education Through Soccer Academy (Etsa).
5. Jabu Mahlangu
Jabu Mahlangu was born into poverty, but his talent for football provided him with the opportunity to live the life he wished.
However, Mahlangu's affluence was fleeting, as he wasted all of his money on a party lifestyle. After his retirement, he was broke for a period.
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