TUSKER: Global Super Stars and their side-hustles

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Tusker and Goal celebrate the world's footballers who have been proactive and have set themselves up for a life beyond football

In recent times, current and retired footballers have gotten out of their comfort zones and have found business opportunities outside of football. 

Here are a few, who have engaged in entrepreneurial activities that earn them an extra cash.

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    Mathieu Flamini

    The former Arsenal star has excelled as an entrepreneur.

    He is a partner of GF Biochemical, a company that produces levulinic acid and derivatives, which are meant to be environmentally friendly and has the potential of replacing petrol in all its forms. 

    The business is said to be worth 20billion pounds 

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    Andrey Arshavin

    The Russian broke Arsenal's transfer record and is still remembered as one of the best players to have featured for the Gunners.

    His fame did not stop him from turning his dream of venturing into design and fashion world a reality. Arshavin holds a degree in fashion and design from the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design.

    Arshavin's fashion label caters mostly to Russian women and was launched 2010. The most interesting part is the logo of the brand; it is an image of his trademark celebration after scoring a goal.

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    Joleon Lescott

    Joleon Lescott is yet another footballer who has turned his love for fashion into a lucrative venture.

    The former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton defender owns the Lescott Stewart clothing line. This is a venture that Lescott co-owns together with his brother, Aaron and fellow footballer Jordan Stewart.

    The trio runs the clothing line that specializes in men’s urban wear designed by English footballers. The fashion line is said to be doing so well such that a simple plain t-shirt can fetch something in the region £30 upwards.

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    Dion Dublin

    The Dube Ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin invented one the Dube concept.

    Dube is a wooden, cube-shaped instrument with four playable sides and an internal microphone and is similar to Cajon. It has received praise from the drumming community. He played the instrument live with Ocean Colour Scene at a 2011 gig and impressed. The activity has decorated his CV.

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The much-travelled forward has won most of the competitions, in various countries, and is still active in the game.

    The Swede launched his own sportswear brand called A-Z; with, Z standing for Zlatan. The big man has also modeled the brand by himself and has never tried to hide the scar on his right knee that came following his surgery.

    Ibrahimovic has also created a new mobile game called Zlatan Legends that is doing well in the market.

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    Craig Johnston

    Johnston helped Reds during Liverpool’s 1980s glory days. He halted his career at the tender age of 27 in order to care for his sister.

    The Australian midfielder experienced both massive success and eventual bankruptcy. He is the brainchild behind the legendary Adidas Predator boot, the holy grail for free-kick takers worldwide.

    This is one of the greatest football innovation and he has developed software for hotels as well as pioneering the Soccer Skills coaching system for children. He now works as a photographer where he takes artistic shots of shop-window mannequins.