Former England youth international Reece Wabara is now a fashion mogul with a staggering net worth.
Wabara ended his football career in 2017, at the age of 25, to focus on his brand Maniere De Voir, which has enjoyed resounding success in the years since. He developed a net worth of £26million, which placed him 35th on the The Sunday Times Young rich list.
He rose through the ranks at Manchester City and had huge potential, with his grandfather and uncle both ex-pros. City handed him the captain’s armband at U16 level and subsequently signed him on a three-year professional contract.
READ MORE: 6 Premier League flops that succeeded elsewhere as Sebastian Haller signs for Dortmund
After making his first-team debut on the final day of the 2010/11 season and earning five caps for the England Under-20 side, it looked like defender Wabara would rely on nothing but his million dollar deal of pounds sterling.
But that was the most he would earn from the fine game, as loans to Ipswich, Blackpool, Oldham and Doncaster ended with his release. The latter took him on but only for a year, and further stints at Barnsley, Wigan and Bolton were his last.
Explaining his decision to change careers, Wabara said The temperature last year: “I asked, where can I maximize my potential to be great? I knew the odds were heavily stacked against me to be a Champions League and England footballer.
“I’ve always had a different way of dressing and Lewis [Morgan, co-founder of Gymshark] said to me: ‘You should do something in fashion'”.
Wabara had launched his clothing line in 2013 with an initial investment of £15,000, developing it alongside his football commitments. It was originally men’s clothing, but he switched to women’s clothing when he realized there was more profit to be made.
His perseverance has paid off, with his mega fortune surpassing many footballers who are on the young rich list.