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Michael Ballack Reportedly Can't Pay Speeding Ticket Because He Has No Income

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Michael Ballack of Bayer Leverkusen looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 24, 2016

Billy Corben made his movie too soon. Broke already needs another chapter.

To the list of broke athletes like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar and Andre Rison, we must now add another name. This one comes from world football, and he's even familiar to American audiences.

Former Germany captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, it seems, is unable to pay a speeding fine. The reason? He is currently unemployed.

From the Daily Telegraph:

That's right. Ballack was most recently employed by Bayer Leverkusenuntil this past summer. And now he has no income.

Wait. It gets better. Much, much better.

According to the Telegraph, Ballack signed a deal worth £120,000 per week when he joined Chelsea in 2006. During a professional playing career that lasted from 1995 to 2012, Ballack also featured for high-profile clubs like Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

But that doesn't mean he has money. No way.

“Just because he is a famous footballer doesn’t mean he has any money coming in,” said Ballack's attorney, who also helpfully reminded everyone that high speeds are permitted on Germany's Autobahn.

Thanks, guy.

What the Telegraph article does not mention is that Ballack worked as a studio pundit for ESPN's American television coverage of Euro 2012, during which time Ballack admittedly did little besides sucking air through his teeth and waging a passive-aggressive campaign against the generally aggravating presence of Alexi Lalas.

Surely, though, there was money involved in such an arrangement. No?

But let's not be too hard on Ballack. His financial problems could be worse. Much worse.

 

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