The moment when fans cheer at their athletes motivates the players to give more than 100%. Maintaining a career at such a high level is hard and only meant for the best of best. But what happens when the current players already gave their all and nature catches up to them in form of age, injury or lack of skills compared to the next generation?
Post Athlete Life, Accepting Fate
The list of opportunities when one has a rather high popularity is very long. When taking a close look into the biography of multiple soccer coaches, we notice that many of them were once successful players known all over the globe. Others start their own business like Michael Jordan with his collection of jordan’s. Some have the entrepreneurial flair and know exactly what to do after retiring.
Elite athletes, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, are celebrities because they are the best in what they do. When age starts getting the best of them, their performance drops drastically, which influences their financial status. Former FC Basel star Sébastien Barberis started working in a bank after ending his career as a professional soccer player. He states that finding the rhythm was the hardest thing for him. “As a player you had to show your skills on the field and during the training sessions. Everything else wasn’t really important. You had security around you and the staff took care of the rest for you.”
Other former athletes speak about not putting the sport you execute first in your life. Distancing yourself from the pitch will help you when you no longer play. Depression and anxiety can be prohibited by doing this. Another option is by visiting multiple courses and obtaining as many diplomas as possible. The employer won’t be pleased with the fact that you have no work experience, but the diplomas are a sign of ambition and prove that you are serious.