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Moving the goalposts: Ryan Babel on switching football for housing

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Dutch international has ditched the stereotype of professional footballers splashing the cash of flash cars with a global property portfolio, record label and financial advice for his peers

Babel has also dabbled with becoming a stock market day trader and is passing on financial advice to his fellow footballers, not to mention running his Los Angeles-based music label, Underrated Music Group.

"I feel like football players are a lot smarter than years ago but still this is really out there," Babel told CNN Sport.

But with 10 properties to his name, Babel says he felt unfulfilled, as though he was going through the financial motions, so he looked into day trading at the age of 27, enrolling in a year-long course.

However post-qualification, ultimately the time needed to invest while playing professional football proved unrealistic.

"I felt obligated to share this information with colleagues, especially how football players manage finances," said Babel.

"You know how footballers always write an autobiography after their career, I came with the idea to do that but in a music form," said Babel.

"Basically, it will be a music rap album where I speak my truth, my past journey, my football career and the things that happened over the years.

Under Jurgen Klopp's leadership last season Liverpool won the English domestic title for the first time in 30 years.

This season, Babel has set his sights on winning the Turkish league with Galatasaray as well as maintaining his place in the Dutch national set-up following the departure of coach Ronald Koeman to Barcelona.

"I had a time where I believed in good ideas very quick and then only me as a person had to invest financially in it.

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