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.
- 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.
- Andrea Pirlo
The classy Italian midfielder had a very untroubled upbringing thanks to his father’s metal company.
- Mario Balotelli
Having contacted social services due to his Ghanaian familiy’s financial troubles, he was adopted by an affluent family from Brescia.
- Oliver Bierhoff
The Euro ’96 Golden-goal scorer was helped to sporting success by his business tycoon father.
- Marcelo Bielsa
The former Marseille manager came from a background of lawyers and politicians, which allowed him to retire at the age of 25.
- Hugo Lloris
He was born into an upper-class family from Nice. His mother was a lawyer and his father a banker.
- 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.
- Shaun Wright-Phillips
The winger was adopted by England and Arsenal icon Ian Wright, at the age of 3.
- Ciprian Marica
The Romanian international comes from an upper-class family. His father is a successful businessman.
- Ahmed Mido
His father was a footballer which helped the ‘King of The Cairo’, in a country with a population of limited means.
- Robin Van Persie
His parents were respected artists, who helped and supported him throughout his rise in football.
His father was an engineer, while his mother was a teacher. His upbringing is far from that of the stereotypical empoverished Brazilian footballer.
- 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.
- 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.