During their active years, they earned large sums of foreign currency in various denominations, that spanned many years from Europe to Asia but they most probably did not plan very well for life after their retirement forgetting that a football career could end almost as soon it started. They flew in private jets and rode the best cars at the heights of their careers and bought things without batting an eyelid. This list is not exhaustive though of some of the players are trying to regain their footing after some of their investments went bankrupt
The former Super Eagles star and most probably the best cultured left-back that has feature for Nigeria, played for some of the biggest clubs in both England and Belgium. He declared himself bankrupt at a court in Croydon in 2011. At a time in his career, Celestine, was amongst the highest paid African players in the world as he earned between £25,000 and $30,000 per week at Chelsea FC of England. He was reported to have lived an expensive lifestyle both in Nigeria and England. Stories aboved of how he blew thousands of pounds in buying exotic items and also partied hard with friends. Celestine’s financial troubles became apparent to his neighbours, with one saying that his usually beautifully kept house began to look a bit unkempt, with the garden overgrowing and the conservatory falling down.” He was part of the Nigeria’s Dream Team 1 that won the Atlanta Olympics soccer gold medal in 1996. The Former Chelsea and Newcastle full-back, in spite of earning £25,000 during the peak of his career, was declared bankrupt by a court in Croydon in 2010, after being charged by creditors. A final confirmation of his insolvency was made known in 2011.