Post-retirement: What can life be like for ex-footballers?

Retirement is never an easy decision for a professional football player. They know it’s coming eventually, but it’s still a hard reality to face.

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So it’s no surprise that many players do all they can to remain involved in the sport. Some try their hand at coaching, while others attempt to forge a path through the media, making their name in a shirt and tie rather than a jersey. Others even find themselves pulling the boots back on after their initial retirements.

Here, FourFourTwo takes a closer look at five ex-players to see what they are up to now...

5. Paul Scholes

During his long playing career, Scholes was regarded as one of Britain’s most natural footballers. The vision and passing ability of the ‘Ginger Prince’ became one of Manchester United’s main weapons from the early 1990s well into the 2000s.

The Salford-born player initially retired at the end of the 2010-11 season, with United holding a farewell match for him against MLS side New York Cosmos at Old Trafford. Once retired, he joined United’s coaching staff.

Yet six months later during an injury crisis at the club, Scholes returned to the field, playing on for another 18 months. In that time, he helped United to a 20th league title and witnessed the retirement day of Sir Alex Ferguson.

In the summer of 2015 he  received an offer to manage Oldham but that was rejected. Nowadays he often writes football analysis for British newspaper The Independent.

Paul Scholes