NIGEL DE JONG is not your common footballer.
Combative on the pitch, he was a nightmare to play in opposition to – simply ask Xabi Alonso who was on the fallacious finish of his notorious 2010 World Cup remaining karate kick sort out.
However off it, that brutish nature he had whereas taking part in for golf equipment together with Hamburg, Man Metropolis and AC Milan maybe belies his intelligence.
Whereas he was a youth participant at Ajax, de Jong, 33, thought of a life after soccer and graduated with an Economics diploma.
Then, throughout his time in Germany, he co-founded Continental Automobiles – an unbelievable showroom stuffed with the world’s most costly vehicles in 2007.
The storage has acquired every thing from Lamborghini Aventadors, a number of Bentley Continental GT and GTCs, Wiesmanns, Maseratis, in addition to a Ferrari F430.
So it is no surprise the likes of Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are mentioned to be prospects.
“I’ve a level in economics,” he instructed Joe.
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“My mom at all times mentioned ‘soccer is simply a part of your life, it’s a must to develop your self past that’ and I felt it was very important for me to do one thing for myself that wasn’t associated to it.
“In addition to being knowledgeable participant, I had the dream of proudly owning an organization and after I had the cash and the experience, I made it occur.”
And promoting vehicles is one thing that actually runs within the household.
He continued: “My grandfather was one of many CEOs of Ford in Holland and I noticed carefully how he developed himself as a businessman.
“He was at all times on time, ensuring funds had been by no means late, being attentive to service and giving prospects further, at all times ensuring the corporate and his household was steady.
“I regarded as much as him, and off the pitch, I wished to be like him. I additionally assume his professionalism is one thing I carried with me as a footballer too.
“God gave me the expertise and the energy to change into a soccer participant, which gave me the monetary sources and empowerment to enhance in different areas.
“I feel it’s so vital for soccer gamers to be sensible with what they do with their salaries, as a result of it may possibly change into an funding or be gone earlier than you understand it.
“It is vitally tempting in our trade to dwell for now – to purchase the costly vehicles and dwell a flashy way of life – however it’s a must to plan so that you’re in a position to do this in future too.
“That is an schooling gamers ought to get from a really early age to assist them cope with the cash they’ll make.”
In an interview final 12 months with Voetbal Worldwide, de Jong spoke about his spectacular consumer record that features footballers and a few Gulf state oil sheikhs.
“In fact many footballers know the place to seek out us,” he mentioned.
“But in addition enterprise individuals, collectors, and we simply must work exhausting for it, it is not that we have had success for ten years.
“We had been confronted with the monetary disaster after we got here out.”
At present plying his commerce for Qatar Stars League membership Al Ahli, de Jong’s enterprise acumen prolonged to his missus.
Throughout his time in Italy, he persuaded his gorgeous spouse Winona into launching a vogue label.
WINONAH appeared in 2015 and has continued to go from energy to energy with its high-end clothes.
“Some individuals say footballers are thick and never brilliant sufficient to be entrepreneurs,” De Jong instructed Bundesliga.com.
“However after I see that an organization has potential, I transfer the borders and go all the way in which for it.”
And staying with vehicles, de Jong is planning on launching a brand new enterprise this 12 months.
“Have a look round, all Hamburg is constructed, everyone seems to be in search of parking heaps,” he instructed Focus.
“We need to construct a parking storage in each main German metropolis.”
And with the success The Lawnmower, as he was affectionately nicknamed, has had in enterprise thus far, who’d financial institution on that not being successful too?