What happened to them? Seven retired stars who couldn't stay away

What happens after they hang up their boots? Nanda Febriana checks out seven former world famous football stars and how they're faring after retirement...

Professional football players are not all created equal, and that applies to them after their sporting careers have ended too. While some make a complete break from the game they have given a huge chunk of their life too, others choose to stay. They might pursue their coaching badges to fulfill their ambitions of becoming a football manager, or elect for a life of a pundit, sitting in a comfortable studio and talking television audiences through the latest live game or tournament.

Here, we take a look at several former players who have continued to make a living in the football industry. You might know their names...

1. Rivaldo

The former Barcelona player had the world at his feet in 1999, winning both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards (the two have since been combined into the FIFA Ballon d'Or). He would go on to win many more individual and club honours in a glittering career, including the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and Champions League with AC Milan in 2003. He ended his playing days with Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in May 2014 at the age of 41, playing a final game for one of his earliest clubs.

These days, Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira is still president of Mogi Mirim, where his son Rivaldinho plays. But it might not last for long, with the former Seleção star announcing on his instagram account that he was putting the club up for sale after their promotion to the Brazilian second division. Have some spare change and want to buy a club? Rivaldo's attached an email address where you can contact him.

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