Harry Redknapp became the latest winner of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! over the weekend, which is likely to lead to a lot of opportunities for the long-time football manager. Redknapp’s time in the dugout is probably over but there are likely to be plenty of offers landing on his doorstep over the coming months. Should he take them, he’ll join a long list of ex-sports stars who’ve moved into rather unlikely careers. We’ve taken a look at some of them.
Dion Dublin’s post-football career has been an interesting one. Firstly, he invented a percussion instrument called The Dube, which he once played alongside Ocean Colour Scene at a gig. Dublin is also a host on BBC property show Homes Under the Hammer.
Former Hampshire bowler Billy Taylor is now the resident falconer at Lainston House Hotel, near Winchester.
Former Celtic and Tottenham defender Ramon Vega set up finance company Vega Swiss Asset Management after retirement. The company has been a huge success and has made Vega in excess of £15 million.
There’s likely to be a generation of people who only know George Foreman because of his famous “Lean, Mean, Fat Reducing Grilling Machine,” but he was once the heavyweight champion of the world too!
During his playing days, John Chiedozie represented the likes of Leyton Orient, Notts County, Tottenham Hotspur. When he retired, Chiedozie set up a bouncy castle hire business in Hampshire.
Not many people will know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a former athlete, but he shot to fame as a competitive bodybuilder. Since then, he went on to become an A-list Hollywood actor and, of course, the Governor of California.
Former goalkeeper Tim Wiese was part of the Germany squad which won the World Cup in 2010. He’s since hung up the gloves and has become a professional wrestler.
Former NBA star Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal decided to give back to his community by serving as a part-time police officer in Golden Beach, Florida.
Former Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is now a politician in Russia, where he works as a city council deputy for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
Former NBA star Karl Malone keeps himself busy post retirement. He owns numerous businesses, including fast-food franchises, car dealerships and a trucking company. He even drives the trucks to keep himself busy.
Arjan de Zeeuw
Former Portsmouth and Wigan defender Arjan de Zeeuw now works as a private investigator for the police in the Netherlands.
Former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse now works as a full-time DJ.
Former Everton and Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen became a professional poker player after he retired from football. It worked out well too as the Danish star is now worth over £100m!
Andrew Flintoff’s post-cricket career saw him try his hand at professional boxing and he has now been named as a host of BBC show Top Gear.
Former Newcastle United defender Philippe Albert set up a fruit and veg business back in Belgian after he hung up his boots.
Former ice hockey star Guy Lafleur is now a licensed helicopter pilot and he owns his own rental company.
Former West Ham defender Julian Dicks set up a dog kennel business, simply because he likes animals!
Former Newcastle, QPR and Chelsea star Gavin Peacock moved to Canada to become a pastor.
When Shandon Anderson decided to quit playing professional basketball, he graduated from a culinary school and is now a chef at a vegetarian restaurant.
Former Arsenal star David Hillier retired from football in 2003 and became a firefighter. He said of being of a firefighter “It’s just like being a footballer but on about 100 grand a year less!”