The mercy of being born rich
We portray former and current stars, who had actually made it in life before their football career. Usually, because the oldies had decent income. As far as assets are concerned, numbers 1 – 3 belonged to the super-rich class early in their life. In our list can also be found two Germans, who did not suffer in their youth. And in such biographies relativizes the view that football is a typical “rags-to-riches” sport.
Many successful players rose from modest backgrounds. And the media and fans alike love such stories.From the slums, or at least from poor conditions via the football directly into the residential area of Europe – so not every success story is knitted.Players like Diego Costa, Neymar, Robinho and Samuel Eto’o are examples of such an ascent. But besides, there are also the sons of rich or middle-class house, who had so much energy and love for their sport that they made it to the very top although, they did not football to survive. And these stories are worth telling.Some of these “rich kids” who made it, are characterized by a special attitude.
A rather humble attitude. Little showy, no diamonds, no boss man attitude. Others correspond to the stereotype of the spoiled football young man from a good family. Here are our 17 football stars who were already rich before becoming professionals. They had almost everything but wanted more. Something completely different. No job at Goldman Sachs or KPMG but the crowd celebrated them in the stadium.
Gerard Pique actually has everything. He plays for Barcelona, is married to Shakira, and they are really successful.
Pique started life on the sunny side. Pique’s father, Joan Pique, is a successful lawyer and businessman. His mother, Montserrat Pique, is the director of a well-known hospital in Barcelona. The hospital specializes in the treatment of spinal injuries.
Pique’s grandfather, Amador Bernabeu, was the director of FC Barcelona. He was not an employee of Real Madrid, as people think.
Piqué had a good starting point. But he had to do it alone with Barcelona. Just like the marriage with Shakira.
Frank Lampard Senior, a good left-back at West Ham United, had put some money behind the private firewall. Harry Redknapp, one of England’s most successful and well-known coaches and managers, is Frank Lampard’s maternal uncle. That makes his start into the football career a bit easier.
Lampard Junior went to a prestigious private school – the Brentwood School in Essex. There he made it to the 11 GCSE. After that, he went to West Ham before joing the Blues. In 2016 he ended his career in the USA – in New York. The expectations are high that at some point he will probably be manager at the blues. Unless Jose Mourinho returns and Abramovitch tries again with the Portuguese.
But since Mourinho is no longer the “Special One”, the chances for Lampard look good. But will he be as successful as he was when a player?
While Diego was playing for the SSC Naples from time to time he took one or the other nose too much; he had an affair with Cristiana Sinagra, a Neapolitan. The relationship led to the birth of Diego Junior in 1986. The superstar refused to recognize paternity. And that for more than 30 years until the Argentine pope intervened. Not a nice move from Diego Senior.
Just like his father, Diego Jr. was drawn to football. He played for Cervia in the 5th league of Italy. He also tried as a professional beach soccer player for Naples ASD and Mare di Roma. But the success was missing, the support and recognition from the father too. Maybe that was one of the reasons he wasn’t successful. Sometimes, it can happen that way..
After nearly 30 years Diego Maradona senior at the end of 2016, however, recognized the paternity for Diego Maradona junior. Pope Francis is said to have tried more intensively to persuade the football legend.
The Argentine daily La Nación reported that Pope Francis even explicitly requested Maradona to recognize paternity for an illegitimate child in the public. Diego junior gushed after the encounter on television, he was “Finally happy, happy, happy” and had one
Because he kept his money together and had brought something at the end of his career properly behind the private firewall. The result: Headstart on happiness and everywhere only “tailwinds”.
The former midfielder played for Real Sociedad and Barcelona and then became manager. He won 20 caps for Spain. He resigned after the disappointing appearance of the Spaniards at the 1982 World Cup. Periko Alonso won 2 LaLiga titles – 1 title with Sociedad and 1 title with Barcelona. There was the footballing success of Xabi outlined. Nobody helped Xabi.
He had to do it all by himself. And he did it –earned world champion with Spain, UCL winner, LaLiga championships, German champion, German cup winner. And by his mid-30s he was still an international superstar, and had a lot of style.
Kaka’s football career is special in that he does not come from a poor family like many Brazilian superstars. Kaka is also not from one of the super-rich but rather from the upper middle class. His father, Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, was an engineer. His mother, Simone dos Santos, was a teacher. Kaka is a staunch Christian and attributes his success directly to God. A spinal fracture at the age of 18 seemed to mark the end of Kaka’s football career. But Kaka recovered completely contrary to the predictions of the doctors. This led the player back to believing in divine intervention. Kaka is an evangelical Christian.
He contradicted a public statement from supermodel Gisèle Bündchen a few years ago, announcing that he and his wife were virgins at the time of their marriage. In an interview with the Italian edition of the Vanity Fair, the football idol told that he and his wife Caroline were looking up to their wedding, and that “This time was important because she has tested our love.”
There was a time when Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus also said something similar. Not with the successful marriage but with the wait. The two were still in puberty. For the Brazilian, it’s not a marketing stunt that makes a career, but attitude and conviction.