These footballers all ended up completely broke!
Life as a footballer, or a former footballer, is not always smooth. After having made a fortune during their careers as professional players, these football stars then lost everything, often due to addiction or divorce...
20. Eric Djemba-Djemba (Cameroon)
While playing for Manchester United, Eric Djemba-Djemba went bankrupt after investing in property.
19. David James (England)
English keeper David James made over £22 million during his career, but ended up broke due to divorce and gambling.
18. Kenny Sansom (England)
Bankrupt following his divorce, and because of his alcohol and gambling addiction problems, Kenny Sansom ended up living on the streets…
17. George Best (England)
The legendary Manchester United player George Best, known for his skills and legendary quotes, lost everything because of gambling, drinking, and buying luxury cars.
16. Alan Hudson (England)
Former Arsenal player Alan Hudson had a serious accident and had to undergo more than 70 surgeries, which bankrupt him.
15. John Carew (Norway)
Former OL striker John Carew declared bankruptcy in 2012 while playing for West Ham. Luckily, this was subsequently settled.
14. Paul Gascoigne (England)
Because of his struggles with alcoholism and his taste for narcotics, Paul Gascoigne went bankrupt in 2008.
13. Christian Vieri (Italy)
The former Italian star Christian Vieri lost everything by making bad choices with his real estate company, but also by playing poker!
12. Paul Merson (England)
Drug addict and former England star Paul Merson spent all his money on alcohol and drugs, ending up homeless…
11. John Arne Riise (Norway)
He made a fortune at Liverpool, but John Arne Riise still managed to go into debt in 2007.
10. Chris Sutton (England)
Former English international Chris Sutton went bankrupt in 2014 due to poor financial advice.
9. Richard Rufus (England)
Former Charlton Athletic player Richard Rufus had to declare bankruptcy in 2011 after losing everything in a £6.5 million investment.
8. Carl Cort (England)
Former Newcastle player Carl Cort ended up bankrupt in 2014 after his retirement.
7. Michael McIndoe (Scotland)
After retiring, Michael McIndoe built a business but lost it all because of his love of nightlife.
6. Keith Gillespie (Northern Ireland)
At the age of 38, Keith Gillespie lost everything, also because of his gambling addiction.
5. Jason Euell (England)
After earning more than £7.5 million during his career, Jason Euell lost it all by gambling.
4. Michael Chopra (England)
Michel Chopra ended up bankrupt in 2011 due to his gambling addiction.
3. Dominic Matteo (Scotland)
He lost large sums of money on numerous occasions because of gambling, bankrupting former Liverpool player Dominic Matteo…
1. Lee Hendrie (England)
Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie went bankrupt in 2011, following massive spending and terrible financial management.