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An athlete’s high flying career is expected to bring popularity for the game and sponsorships combined with other financial benefits for the individual athlete.  Some star athletes have notoriously short career spans, and others, despite earning great amount of money fall prey to bad investments, financial mismanagements, or overtly luxurious lifestyle – squandering their wealth on speeding cars, booze and multi bedroom mansions on a beach. Here we present you the list of Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Today we give you a glimpse into 10 ridiculously wealthy athletes who went bankrupt. Wannabe-rich-and-famous-players reading this, be cautious – you’ve been forewarned!

10 Ridiculously Wealthy Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Dick Lane

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated earnings – $5 million

Richard Dick Lane earned the nickname ‘Night Train’ after taking a night train instead of plane because he feared flying. His nickname drew national attention and soon he found himself living the high life with tons of alcohol, three marriage and bad finance mismanagement. Following some dig in real-estate and music industry and some overseas scam, Lane became penniless. At the end he lived on $800 per month pension and died under the care of a man whom he had met on a golf course.

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Marion Jones

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated earnings – $7 million per year

Marion Lois Jones is a former American track and field athlete who during her heyday earned something between seventy to eighty thousand dollars plus another one million from endorsements and bonuses. In the Summer Olympics of 2000, Jones won 3 gold and 2 bronze medals which were later stripped-off when Jones was found guilty of using steroids and being linked to the BALCO scandal. Her multi-million dollar endorsement deals were pulled back, she went into debt during the court trials, had to sell-off properties and loose her million dollars worth house.

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John Arne Riise

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – over $20 million

John Arne Semundseth Riise is a Norwegian footballer who was dreaded for his powerful shots and incredible stamina. At one point he was earning around $75,000 per week. But things soon escalated and Riise had to declare bankruptcy in 2007. Reports have it that Riise have had differences in opinion with his finance advisor, over investments. He has also been found connected to a case of fraud of $4 million.

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Muhsin Muhammad

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – $20 million

Also known as Muhsin Muhammad II, is a former American football who had actually began playing under peer pressure. Muhammad’s signature touchdown dance earned him the nickname ‘Moose’. His music company, Baylo Entertainment was sued by Wachovia Bank and after a few bad investments Muhammad had to put his home (which he boosts for being “the largest private aquarium in the Southwest”) on eBay for sale.

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Latrell Sprewell

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – $50 million

Latrell Fontaine Sprewell is a former American basketball player who was an accomplished and had a seemingly bright future ahead, until in 1997 an incident changed everything.  During a practice match Sprewell chocked his coach which led to 68-match suspension. Then in 2005 he refused an offer of $27 million and 3 year contract after which his career came to a halt. His financial woes only got worse. He had to ground his million dollar yacht, loose two of his homes and eventually his family.

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Kenneth Anderson

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – $60 Million

Kenneth Kenny Anderson is a former American basketball player who played professionally between 1991 and 2006.  Anderson featured on the front page of the New York City sports section when he was 14. At 16, he attended the Archbishop Molloy High School – one of the best places in America for the players to build a prospective basketball career. Today, besides Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Jackson, Kenneth Anderson is regarded the number 1basketball player in the US. But despite having an incredible career, in 2005 Anderson had to file for bankruptcy.

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George Best

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – $100 Million

Described as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”, Best was an Irish footballer who played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. Best’s talent and charisma made him popular and rich but soon his  extravagant lifestyle lead to problems like alcoholism, controversies and bankruptcy. He suffered alcohol abuse for the rest of his life. Best once confessed how he had ruined his career and lost his riches saying – “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds (women) and fast cars – the rest I just squandered.”

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Scottie Maurice Pippen

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – $120 Million

Scottie Maurice Pippen is one of the Athletes Who Went Bankrupt. Now retired, American basketball player Pippen is a six-time NBA champion from back when he played with the Chicago Bulls. Alongside Michael Jordan, Pippen is credited for making NBA popular around the world in the 90s.  Nickname ‘Pip’, he holds a number of records including, being the only player to win both the NBA title and an Olympic Gold medal in the same year, twice (in 1992 & 1996 respectively). Following a number of bad business deals and financial mismanagement, Pippen lost millions of dollars. He had to put his luxurious mansion on sale and hold a yard sale to raise money.

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Michael Vick

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – More than $130 million

Speaking of Athletes Who Went Bankrupt, Michael Dwayne Vick is an American footballer whose majestic performance on-field earned him popularity, endorsement and truck load of money. In 2007, Vick was charged with promoting, funding and operating dog-fighting ring in his property. He was found guilty of being personally engaged in killing dogs who could not fight by hanging or drowning them. After pleading guilty Vick served in prison for twenty one months. This hiatus in his career combined with withdrawal of sponsorship and financial mismanagement made him bankrupt. Currently he plays as a free agent.

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Mike Tyson

Athletes Who Went Bankrupt

Estimated lifetime earnings – between $300 to 400 million

Mike Tyson is one of the Athletes Who Went Bankrupt, otherwise known as Michael Gerard ‘Mike’ Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from America. At 20 he made a name for himself by becoming the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Tyson rose to stardom and became broke and bankrupt in 2003. Despite making millions of dollar each year, Tyson was a reckless spender. In 2000, financial mismanagement lead him to fire everyone who was working with him and recruit new accountants. After a few years of financial struggle combined with lack of income, Tyson told himself “Wow, this is over.” The ‘Iron Mike’ retired in 2005.

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