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15 Soccer Stars Who Lost Everything

The fairytale theme of going from rags to riches is one that many soccer players in this generation can attest to because many of the players who are earning millions every year these days come from v

The fairytale theme of going from rags to riches is one that many soccer players in this generation can attest to because many of the players who are earning millions every year these days come from very poor backgrounds. For as long as these players are at the peak of their sporting careers, they have the ability to spend colossal amounts of money on things that the average income earner would consider meaningless. Sadly, some of the soccer players who achieve instant fame and fortune do not have a good education by the time they are playing in the big leagues and for them going back to school is never a priority.

The best thing about their period at the top of their game is that they can afford anything they want, but many of them do not realize that sustaining that lifestyle after they retire from the sport is very hard. The career of a professional soccer player is usually no more than 15 years since clubs start to set their eyes on fresh blood when their current superstars start hitting their thirties. Their short careers and lack of proper financial management skills usually leads to the same soccer players sinking low into bankruptcy or even back to poverty shortly after their careers are over.

The best thing a soccer player can do while at the peak of his or her career is learn how to invest, or pay people to invest his or her riches in a way that his or her retirement will not cause them to go broke. Here are 15 soccer players who should have spent their lustrous careers learning how to save and invest:

15 Alan Hudson

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14 Paul Gascoigne

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13 Kenny Sansom

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12 Carl Cort

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11 Paul Merson

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10 Richard Rufus

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9 Eric Djemba-Djemba

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8 John Arne Riise

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7 Celestine Babayaro

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6 Brad Friedel

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5 Keith Gillespie

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4 Jason Euell

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3 Lee Hendrie

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2 Chris Sutton

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1 David James

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David James was one of the best goalkeepers in the English premier league, and his great skills helped him to earn a lot of money in the different clubs that he played for. In addition to playing for the English national team, James had a successful career in clubs such as Manchester United, West Ham, Aston Villa and Portsmouth. James was declared bankrupt in May 2014 after losing most of his £20 million that he earned during his career. A costly divorce, tax arrears, overspending, and poor investment choices led him down the path to bankruptcy.

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