Footballers who are successful businessmen outside the pitch

Footballers who are successful businessmen outside the pitch

Many footballers have enriched themselves engaging in the sport but aside gracing the green turf for incomes, these footballers have ventured into other businesses for more money.

Every footballer have a maximum life span of 20 years, and for footballers to invest in other businesses means that they have secured their future for the rest of their lives.

YEN.com.gh thus bring you top 5 footballers who are successful businessmen outside of football.

1. Asamoah Gyan

The Black Stars and Kayserispor forward is an accomplished businessman. He has over 10 companies in Ghana.

The former Sunderland goal poacher has invested into Aviation, Energy, Sports Management, etc.

Gyan is regarded as one of the fast rising business moguls in Ghana.

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2. Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta's business pursuit is fitting of his suave, classy nature on the pitch. Almost the physical embodiment of grace and elegance, it would be a surprise if he was not a connoisseur of the most sophisticated of alcoholic drinks.

The Barcelona midfielder has his own wine label: Bodega Iniesta. In fact, he has inherited the business from his father, Jose Antonio, who started making wine in vineyards in his hometown of Fuentealbilla.

That was in 1999, and at first it was a small local company, modestly providing an extra income for Jose Antonio. Now, helped by the reputation of the football star of the family, it is distributed throughout Spain.

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, at this point, is almost a brand himself. The Real Madrid forward's status has transcended that of most footballers, and it has allowed him to pursue his passions away from the pitch.

It has also allowed him to make considerably more money. Football is not Ronaldo's only source of income, and why should it be - he has proven his entrepreneurial skills in numerous fashion-based ventures.

In 2006, Ronaldo opened his first fashion boutique under the name "CR7" in Madeira, Portugal. Two years later, he opened another in Lisbon, and since then has gone on to release his own range of underwear and socks, as well as a line of premium shirts and shoes. He's even in the hotel business nowadays.

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Perhaps Real Madrid's record goalscorer might not do too badly if he were to appear on the Apprentice.

4. Neymar

According to Forbes, Neymar "is the only soccer player to earn more off than on the pitch", and he earns a considerable amount on the pitch.

It is largely down to his plethora of lucrative sponsorship deals, which are inclusive of Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre, amongst others. He has his own logo, features regularly in advertisements and even made a cameo appearance in the Hollywood movie: 'Return of Xander Cage'.

There are few, if any, footballers with the worldwide marketability and influence of Neymar. It's likely that that will continue beyond the completion of his footballing career, too.

5. Matthieu Flamini

The former Arsenal midfielder's entrepreneurship is vastly different from that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, in that it is entirely unrelated to his footballing career.

Mathieu Flamini has no personal brand - he was an unspectacular defensive midfielder with the Gunners and most recently Crystal Palace. But what he clearly does have is business acumen. The Frenchman is a partner of GF Biochemicals, an environmental company that produces levulinic acid and derivatives.

It's scientific stuff, and it brings in a lot of money. The Sun reported two years ago that the business was worth a huge £20bn. “I was always close to nature and concerned about environmental issues, climate change and global warming," Flamini said.

Levulnic acid, in Flamini's words, is "a molecule identified by the US Department of Energy as one of the 12 molecules with the potential to replace petrol in all its forms". Sounds a bit more complex than kicking a football around.

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