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George Weah is Liberia’s president but which other footballers have taken surprising career paths?

The centre-back spent 13 years in English football including stints in the Premier League with Portsmouth and Wigan, so nobody could have predicted what his career path after he hung up his boots would be. De Zeeuw has a degree in medical science, which he completed before becoming a professional footballer aged 22, but it was revealed in 2013 he was training to be a detective in Alkmaar in his native Netherlands.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Footballers enjoy a short career and encounter a crossroads in their life once they reach their mid-to-late thirties. After living and breathing the sport since they were teenagers, what's next?

The typical route for a former footballer would be to go into coaching or try for a career in the media but it does not always work like that.

Take George Weah for example. The former AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea star was voted as Liberian president in a landlside victory in his homeland earlier this week.

And other footballers have decided to go for some equally as ambitious or frankly bizarre career paths after football.

Click the right arrow above to see a selection of footballers who have taken some unexpected career paths…

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