15 players who were rich before football

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15 players who were rich before football

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 0 +238k

People want to play football for different reasons. Some love the game, while others see it as a way of becoming rich stars. This list from 'Bolavip' shows fifteen wealthy people who became footballers.

15. Gianluca Vialli

He was born in the Castle of Belgioioso de Cremono and grew up comfortably with his four sisters thanks to his father's fortune.

14. Andrea Pirlo

The classy Italian midfielder had a very untroubled upbringing thanks to his father's metal company.

13. Mario Balotelli

Having contacted social services due to his Ghanaian familiy's financial troubles, he was adopted by an affluent family from Brescia.

12. Oliver Bierhoff

The Euro '96 Golden-goal scorer was helped to sporting success by his business tycoon father.

11. Marcelo Bielsa

The former Marseille manager came from a background of lawyers and politicians, which allowed him to retire at the age of 25.

10. Hugo Lloris

He was born into an upper-class family from Nice. His mother was a lawyer and his father a banker.

9. Al-Saadi Gaddafi

The son of Libya's former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. He was national team captain and president of the Libya FA, enjoying special treatment thanks to his parents' position.

8. Mario Götze

His father was a lecturer at Dortmund University, and a former member of Yale University's Scientific Computation Department.

7. Shaun Wright-Phillips

The winger was adopted by England and Arsenal icon Ian Wright, at the age of 3.

6. Ciprian Marica

The Romanian international comes from an upper-class family. His father is a successful businessman.

5. Ahmed Mido

His father was a footballer which helped the 'King of The Cairo', in a country with a population of limited means.

4. Robin Van Persie

His parents were respected artists, who helped and supported him throughout his rise in football.

3. Kaka

His father was an engineer, while his mother was a teacher. His upbringing is far from that of the stereotypical empoverished Brazilian footballer.

2. Frank Lampard

One of football's most important families. His father played for West Ham, and his uncle Harry Redknapp granted him his Premier League debut.

1. Gerard Piqué

His father is a successful legal representative and businessman, while his mother is the director of an important hospital in Barcelona. Also, his grandfather is the coach of Barcelona U18's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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