Ever wonder what football legends do after their retirement from football?
Based on PFA (Professional Footballer’s Association), the average retirement age for a football player (including legends) is 35. Like other athletes, footballers tend to retire earlier as compared with people in other workforce due to physical constraints. Retiring from football is genuinely not an easy act for most players. After years of playing, some decide to continue to pursue their passion within the sports, whilst others decide to leave game altogether. Have you ever wonder what do the footballers that you once love — especially legends — do after they hung up their cleats?
Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal Legend and now the assistant manager at Ajax FC
Football legends such as Dennis Bergkamp is known for taking football to another level with moments of magic. Upon retiring in 2007, the non-flying Dutchman had turned down an offer as a scout for Arsenal and spent his time traveling with his family. In 2008, he attained a coaching diploma and took a trainee role at Ajax. He became a coach for D2(U12) Ajax youth team for 2008–09 season and promoted to the assistant manager to Fred Grim, and handling Ajax flagship A1 (U19) youth team in the following year. In 2011, the Dutch legend has once again promoted to assistant manager of Ajax, supporting his formal Dutch national team captain Frank de Boer.
The Arsenal legend is well known for his contribution in the winning of seven major trophies under Arsene Wenger’s reign, including “The Invincibles” Premier League campaign of 2003–04. In one of his interviews with Martin Keown, for BBC, he opened up to share his ambitions of returning to Arsenal one day. Arsenal fans have seldom been quiet on the Dutchman’s return to north London. We believe that it might not be long before we see Bergkamp on the coaching staff list soon.
Theirry Henry, Arsenal Legend and now Pundit with Sky Sports
Henry, the French forward who used to play alongside with Dennis Bergkamp in Arsenal, ended his football career in 2014. Since retiring as a football player, he spent time to discover different career paths and in the end he decided to return to London and joining Sky Sports as pundit. The legend’s ex-manager, Arsene Wenger admitted that he’d hope Henry would return to Arsenal, but Henry felt that beforehand he needed to get all the coaching qualifications. Earlier on, Dennis Bergkamp shared the idea that he himself together with Patrick Vieira and Theirry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day, it is believed the day of the three greatest players reunion is approaching.
Zinadine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid Castilla
Zinedine Zidane, who has been named FIFA world player of the year three times is well known for his amazing vision and ball control technique. Upon his retirement, he has regularly played for the world richest club, Real Madrid Veterans team and made a few futsal appearances until June 2009, which Zidane was appointed as the Advisor to the President of Real Madrid. In 2010, Zidane was hired by Jose Mourinho as a special adviser to Real Madrid’s first team. Three years later, Real Madrid announced that the French legend will be the manager of Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla. In January of 2016, Zidane was promoted to be the manager of Real Madrid.
Ryan Giggs, Assistant Manager of Manchester United Co-owner of GG Hospitality and Salford City Football Club
At the age of 40, Manchester United Legend, Ryan Giggs ended playing to become the assistant manager under Louis Van Gaal in 2014. In the end of season 2015/2016, Ryan Giggs is to leave Manchester United, the club he has been with since the age of 14, to pursue his desire to be a manager. Prior to his retirement, he formed a hospitality company named GG Hospitality together with his ex-teammate Gary Neville. Which aims to build football-themed hotels and cafes around the United Kingdom. The first restaurant named Café Football was opened in November 2013, while Hotel Football, the first hotel was opened in late 2014. Furthermore, Giggs and Gary Neville have purchased Salford City with Manchester United legends Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville in 2014. On 22nd of September, they agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to billionaire Peter Lim.
David Beckham, the formal England National Team captain who used to played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Preston North End, Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain decided to end his football playing career in 2013. As a style icon and football legend, Beckham earned a $75 million (highest earning) in his first full year of retirement (year 2014), based on an estimation reported by Forbes. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Beckham joked that after hung up his boots, he is literally an Uber driver busy chauffeuring kids around. Despite his packed schedule with his kids, nothing had stop Beckham from earning a handsome pay check in 2014. His earnings were from multiple endorsements on a number of big brands that includes Adidas, Breitling, H&M, etc and also from his own line of fragrances. With Simon Fuller, they partnered with beverage giant Diageo to launch a Scotch Whiskey named Haig Club. We can conclude that retirement from football doesn’t limit but enhanced Beckham’s earning power to the next level.