Tips dating professional athletes
“A football career doesn’t last forever and players need to be financially stable for their entire lives – not just for their playing career,” says Pete Smith, a former professional footballer for Brighton who now works as a director and player agent at New Era Global Sports Management.
Fortunes can vary wildly even for those who plan for the future.
8am: Wakes up in a revolving four-poster bed in the east wing of his nine-bedroom mansion, strolls down the spiral staircase to feed the rare tropical fish in his 10ft aquarium, then tucks into a decadent breakfast freshly prepared for him and his model wife by their resident chef, Carlo.
9.30am: Work done for the day, returns home to wallow in his Olympic-sized heated swimming pool, thrash balls around his bespoke snooker table which has his old shirt number elegantly woven into the baize, and work through his favourite box set on the 98-inch 4K TV in his soundproofed cinema room.
You have been living the life of someone earning that kind of wage, but when that wage stops your outgoings might still be £4,000 - or £40,000 - a month.
Many of them have to really change their lifestyle.” For some players the financial pressure can be too much.