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10 footballers whose greed ruined their career

Not everyone is cut out to live the life of a professional football player.

#9 David Bentley

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JULY 26: David Bentley of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Mk Dons and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadium MK on July 26, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
David Bentley at a pre-season friendly with Tottenham Hotspur

David Bentley had a serious gambling problem which the winger said started when he was just 14! Betting on up to a hundred events every day he put his money on the line for everything which included dogs, horses and even boring old Bingo. However, his addiction didn’t stop him from getting noticed, not initially at least. He started his promising career at Arsenal amidst all the gambling and played just nine times for the senior side.

However, after failing to break into the side, he moved to Blackburn Rovers soon after and gave his career a real kick-start.

Described as the new Beckham, Bentley earned himself a big move to Tottenham Hotspur but spent of his time there on loan with the likes of Birmingham, West Ham United and Rostov before he retired at the age of 29. He claimed he lost all interest in football which had become all about money and social media. Sound familiar?

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