15 Soccer Stars Who Were Rich Before They Made It Pro
Soccer is often seen as a rags-to-riches sport. Most players have shared stories of rough upbringings and have the game to thank for bringing them immense wealth. Everyone loves such a story. But much like every other aspect of life, not everything is scripted the same way.
Players such as Diego Costa, Neymar, Robinho and Samuel Eto’o are just a few of the huge number of players who have had to fight tooth and nail to make it out of poverty through sport. Yet there are some footballers who have never known what it is like to struggle and would probably be rich whether or not they kicked a ball for a living.
The lucky ones who were born into riches and had the way paved for them seldom have their stories heard. After all, those are way less exciting.
Be that as it may, such stories are still worth telling. And what’s especially touching is the fact that most of those more fortunate players have been very humble throughout their careers.
In a sport chiefly governed by money and the love of it, it’s always refreshing to know that there are players out there who give everything on the pitch simply because they are passionate about the game.
Here are 15 of them.
- Gerard Pique
Spanish centre-back Gerard Pique has it all. He plays for Barcelona, one of the biggest sports clubs in the world, and also happens to be married to stunning Colombian singer Shakira. It seems that life has always been good to Pique, as he didn’t have to struggle financially, having come from a wealthy family.
The player’s father, Joan, is a successful attorney and businessman, while his mother, Montserrat, is the director of a prominent hospital in Barcelona that deals with spinal injuries. Pique’s grandfather Amador Bernabeu – as Madrid-ish as it sounds – is a former director at Barcelona FC.
So just how could the defender go wrong ? He is a six-time La Liga winner with Barca and has won the Champions League on four occasions, as well as the Premier League title at Manchester United.
- Frank Lampard
The Chelsea legend had to work very hard to get to where he’s at right now, but when it came to finance, Frank Lampard didn’t have to worry.
His dad, Frank Lampard Senior, played as a left-back for West Ham and made a pretty comfy living. Harry Redknapp, a respected English coach who currently works as an adviser and football director, is also his uncle on his mother’s side, making him the product of a footballing family, which also brought us Jamie Redknapp.
Lampard Junior completed his schooling at Brentwood school in Essex, an institution considered to be one of the more prestigious private schools and obtained 11 GCSE’s. Starting out at West Ham, Lampard would rise to fame at Chelsea. To date, he is the Blues’ highest-ever scorer and it’s entirely likely that he’ll be their manager one day.
The Brazilian midfielder currently plays his football in the MLS for Orlando City. Born Ricardo Izecson dos Santos, he picked up the nickname Kaka from his younger brother, who struggled to pronounce Ricardo as a toddler.
Unlike many footballers who hail from Brazil, Kaka wasn’t raised in poverty and never had to choose between football or academics, as all his needs were taken care of. His father, Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, was an engineer, while his mother, Simone dos Santos, was a school teacher.
A devout Christian, Kaka continues to credit God with all of his success. A spinal fracture suffered when he was only 18 nearly ended his career prematurely, but he made a complete recovery, something he says could have never happened without divine intervention.