Professional footballers at the top of their career enjoy millions of guaranteed money from their club week in week out, enjoys the thrills and cheers of fans, and perhaps the immortality of their names been crested in the history of their respective clubs.
Albeit all of this fame and luxury, some of these footballers threw it all away due to the terrible lifestyle they lived during their professional career with drugs, alcohol or gambling which has in one way or the other drained them financially and also affected them on and off the pitch.
In the world of football, it is not all about the smiles alone, and what they enjoyed, it is about how they handle their career but unfortunately, some of these great stars do take their talent for granted. The talent that is meant for greatness but they ruined it because they were overly confident, prone to night parties or being lazy in putting extra work into their career.
In this piece, we take a look at black football stars whose vices ruined their careers with their unacceptable and terrible lifestyle.
Mario Balotelli – Italy
Balotelli was once touted as the next big thing after bread and butter in Italian football, not because of anything but due to the impressive talent, he showed when he first came into limelight, playing with the likes of Christian Vieri, Samuel Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic whilst at Inter Milan.
The Brecesia forward also got to work with great coaches like Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho, who must have tried to help him live a good life, but unfortunately, all of that was all wasted because he couldn’t accept their tutoring to become a better player.
Balotelli may not have ruined his career just yet to some extent, however, he sure has ruined his reputation in many ways after ridiculous stories circulated about him in the Italian dailies. Frustrating both Milan, City, and Liverpool fans, moreso letting off fireworks in his bathroom, throwing darts at youth players, smoking in public, night parties and dating porn stars.
All these are just some of the incidents that have trailed him around which in one way or the other makes his career nosedive with the big clubs not wanting to associate themselves with a player living that kind of lifestyle.
Nile Ranger – England
Ranger was also touted the next big player in English football, for his talent and arrogance synonyms with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo which they made use of in achieving success and performed better. However, Ranger never makes use of his own arrogance wisely as the quest for fame becloud his talent and ruined his career.
The former Newcastle man was once tipped as the next Magpies goal poacher but didn’t turn out to be. Although Ranger went from smashing goals in for fun in the youth teams and also winning awards, the dilemma about him is how he got arrested on every occasion with the kind of lifestyle he lives.
Ranger left Newcastle in 2013, he went on to play for several clubs with his spells at all the clubs being hindered by disciplinary issues, assault and drinking behavior, which even led him posting a picture of himself with a gun on the social media.
Talking about football stars who ruined their career, rangers will always come in on any list. He was incarcerated for his involvement in an armed robbery case as a teenager, served a prison sentence for fraud in 2017, his terrible lifestyle did continue to hunt him when playing for Southend United, as his contract was terminated due to reoccurring disciplinary issues.
Jermaine Pennant – England
Much was expected of the little young lad when he came to limelight, most especially when he signed for Arsenal, but things do not go the way many envisaged as loans were the order of the day for Pennant.
His terrible lifestyle behavior came to fore when he was arrested and claimed to be Ashley Cole his teammates when caught driving on the wrong side of the road, which led to his struggles and never made an impact with the North London side and he was loaned to Watford, Leeds United and Birmingham City.
In 2005, he gained notoriety when he had to play a match while on probation, wearing an electronic tag following his drink driving. However his unpalatable lifestyle never stopped there, his off-field problems continued to affect him and consequently led him being left out of the team even when he signed for Zaragoza in 2009, his time with the team was marred by disciplinary problems.
Etim Esin – Nigeria
Etim was nicknamed the Maradona of Nigeria due to his breathtaking talent and how he dazzled with the ball when he was very much in his peak, Etim toed the line of youthful exuberant when he was at his early age which made him fell into hand-crafted mistakes.
As a young footballer, going to Europe without no agent or manager Etim was on his own, with nobody to look after him as a young man, which made him derailed and he succumbed to youthful exuberant which comes with a lot of mistakes that hampered his career.
According to Etim, “ I made a lot of mistakes, I went through a lot, I have been through gunshot, rape case, a drug case, and earthquake. Etim almost died in all of this period which made him hung his boot saying he needed to rest before dying, had it being that Etim wasn’t naive with his lifestyle as a young footballer, perhaps he might have forged on to win the AFCON and of course, win the continent most coveted award for the best player.
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2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.