Footballers are today world-famous and extremely wealthy.
They rarely require a second job to keep them financially afloat.
That wasn’t always the case, when players could supplement their income by working in a variety of jobs.
Some of the players that we idolize today have also plied their trade in entirely different areas of work, ones which do not belong to the football field.
They have done so for exercising their other talents, to earn a living or just out of pure passion.
Check out some players who took unusual jobs outside football to earn money;
1. Papiss Cisse (Ambulance driver).
Papiss Demba Cissé is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor.
He formerly played for the Senegal national football team.
Formerly of SC Freiburg, he once held the record of most goals scored by an African player in a single Bundesliga campaign 22 in the 2010/2011 season.
That same season, Cissé won the EFFIFU award for being the most efficient striker in the league.
A full international since 2009, Cissé earned over 30 caps for Senegal and played for the country at the 2012 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Former Newcastle player Papiss Cisse also said in an interview with the BBC’s that when he was a teenager he drove an ambulance in his native Senegal.
2. Clint Dempsey (Rapper)
Clinton Drew Dempsey is an American retired soccer player, who played as a forward and midfielder.
During his career, he played in the Premier League for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur and in Major League Soccer for New England Revolution and and Seattle Sounders FC.
ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports have each ranked Dempsey as the greatest men’s American soccer player in history.
One of Dempsey’s passions outside of soccer is hip hop music.
Using the alias Deuce, he, along with fellow Texas rappers XO and the late Houston rapper Big Hawk from the Screwed Up Click, is featured rapping the song Don’t Tread in a Nike soccer advertising campaign for the 2006 World Cup with the intention to showcase both the sport’s working-class roots and the United States team ahead of the World Cup.
The song’s video is dedicated to his sister Jennifer, who, at age 16, was suddenly struck with a brain aneurysm, which proved fatal.
The video ends with a shot of Dempsey placing a flower at his sister’s grave.
3.Daniel Agger (Tattoo artist).
Daniel Munthe Agger is a Danish professional football coach and former player who is the head coach of Danish 1st Division club HB Køge.
As an active player, he played as a central defender for Brøndby and Liverpool and captained the Denmark National team.
Agger was described as a fine reader of the game, comfortable on the ball and blessed with a ferocious shot.
He was the 2007 and 2012 Danish Football Player of the Year.
Outside of football, Agger is a qualified tattoo artist.
He has numerous tattoos including a Viking on his upper right arm, a large drawing of Vikings and a graveyard that spans his whole back, which includes his birth date and the Latin motto Mors certa, hora incerta (death is certain, its hour is uncertain), forming a memento mori.
He also features an intricate band around his left elbow which includes the phrase Succes er at leve som man selv vil (Success is to live as you wish in Danish).
In August 2012, during a period of intense speculation regarding his future at the club, Agger had the letters YNWA tattooed on the fingers of his right hand, referencing the anthem of Liverpool F.C., You’ll Never Walk Alone.