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4 Professional Footballers Who Made Career Changes

Aren't professional football players a dream come true? When you've won league championships, starred in the Champions League, and represented your country at World Cups, what's your next step?

After all that, how do you go about planning your next career move? While some people take a different route, others go in a different direction. Some former soccer players have gone on to have varying degrees of success in careers completely unrelated to the game. With that in mind, here are nine former football players who have decided to do something a little different after their playing days are over.

1. Tim Wiese.

Former Hoffenheim goalkeeper has always had the physique of a wrestler, and after retiring from football he decided to pursue wrestling. When Wiese was a goalkeeper, he was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed around 14st. "I don't really view wrestling as an escape, it's an alternative to being obese and sitting on the couch," Wiese said.

2. Grant Holt

For all of his achievements in the game, he truly connected with the Norwich fans when he arrived at Carrow Road. Following his departure from Norwich City, he played for Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, and Wolves, scoring 68 league goals in 154 games. He agreed to compete in the World Wrestling Federation in an unusual twist of events.

3. Jose Manuel Pinto

Perhaps this latest professional move explains why the Barcelona cult hero spent so much of his time on the bench at Camp Nou. The former goalie now teaches Zumba to a group of dedicated and well-choreographed Zumba students.

Despite retiring from boxing, the 45-year-old has seen his music career take off, with two of his soundtracks appearing in Hollywood films. In addition to being included in The Fate of the Furious, his 2017 single, La Habana, even reached the Billboard Top Ten.

On the other hand, the Spaniard can now be found strutting his stuff in an ordinary gym, albeit in the shadow of Hollywood and the Champions League.

4. Curtis Woodhouse

He had a successful career as a midfielder for Sheffield United and Peterborough United, as well as for England's Under-21 team. In 2006, he made his professional debut as a professional boxer after becoming fed up with the game. Woodhouse fought 24 times and won the British light-welterweight title in 2014, making him one of the most successful boxers in British history.

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