With football's multimillion-dollar salaries, gone are the days when retired pros would start a second career in plumbing or at the post office.
Today's biggest football stars will never have to come up with a second act to their careers unless they genuinely want to.
But it's difficult to imagine anyone now following in the footsteps of Brazilian stars Socrates and Tostao, who finished their degrees to practice medicine after hanging up their boots.
So we can only speculate what paths today's biggest soccer stars may have taken if they didn't play football.
With his sculpted physique, taekwondo black belt and hint of dangerous rogue mania, Zlatan could have put Jackie Chan in the shade.
He has shown before that he's not averse to using his acrobatic skills on people as well as the ball.
He knows all the angles, can wriggle his way past any obstacle and spots opportunities where no one else could have imagined them—Lionel Messi is the guy you want looking for loop-holes come tax time.
Plus, let's face it, he's got the hair.
It's not just Becks' famous flair for style that would serve him well in the world of interior design.
Apparently that same compulsiveness that guides his right foot as if by magic could be put to use arranging furniture in perfect harmony, too.