Many footballers prefer to remain in the sport after retirement, but there are others who also branch into other stuff.
That is the story of Richard Eckersley, who once played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
The 32-year-old came from the club’s academy and made his senior debut for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 2009.
Eckersley, however, could not secure a place in the first team and was, therefore, sold to Burnley.
He went on to play for Plymouth Argyle, Bradford City, Bury Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls, with Oldham being his last club.
In a recent interview, the former midfielder revealed that since quitting football in 2016, he now sells oat milk.
“Oldham had no money or hope, I was coming back from a wedding, we had a newborn baby and I told my wife I wanted to quit football,” Eckersley told the Athletic.
“It was a relief, I had enough money to last six months or a year. I’ve been thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo being back at United, the last time he was there I was there, I was training with him, and now I’m a dairyman and I sell oat milk.”
The former midfielder, however, maintains that he’s currently doing very well, as he has his own house and produces 25,000 litres of milk every month.
“We have our own house, our garden and we grow our own food. It’s a town without roads, a community of about 40 people with everything vegetarian and 100 percent organic.
“We’re producing 25,000 litres of milk per month in glass bottles, everything is reusable and it’s a circular business model, we have 22 employees and we want to be the largest milk distributor in the UK in the next five years,” he added.