Burnley assistant manager Craig Bellamy has revealed how he struggled with bankruptcy as he sent a warning to young players.
Narrating his weird experience, Craig Bellamy said he has been on death row for the last five or four years, anticipating his execution.
He described how he lost everything, going without any money and plying a route with an uncertain financial future.
According to him, it was very hurtful as he could not own anything and everything was gone in the twinkle of an eye.
“It’s like the feeling of not being able to look forward to anything. All the money I’ve earned, I can’t get a mortgage. Financially, I have no future. The hurt of that. I can’t own anything. Everything’s gone,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy attributed his ordeal to the wrong people who advised him, sending a warning to young players, who may have a set of wrong people advising them presently.
Craig Bellamy did not gamble
The former Liverpool player admitted he didn’t gamble or do drugs either but crashed financially because of bad decisions and lack of plan.
As he puts it, he “gambled on people” and ended up regretting it with his fortunes earned when he was still playing, all gone.
According to reports, a series of bad investment decisions cost Craig Bellamy his fortune. Although he did not do drugs, went clubbing, or bet, he still led an extravagant lifestyle, and his financial ruin was expedited when he took up bad investment choices which later exploded leaving him impoverished.
However, Craig Bellamy is seemingly recovering through his coaching career and has warned young players to be meticulous about their decisions and who advises them.
Born on 13 July 1979 in Cardiff Wales, Craig Douglas Bellamy is a former Wales footballer and assistant manager at Championship side Burnley.
Bellamy started his football career with Bristol Rovers youth academy in 1988 before he joined Norwich City academy.
He made his first senior appearance for Norwich City in 1996 and played for four years for the club, making 84 appearances, and scoring 32 goals.
Craig Bellamy played for bug clubs in the English top flight in the 2000s before calling time on his football career.
He played for Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, and a double stint with Liverpool.
Before his retirement, Craig Bellamy made 458 club appearances, scoring 135 goals.
He spent the last two years of his club career for Cardiff City from 2012 to 2014 before he exited the scene.
Bellamy made his debut for Wales national team in 1998. He played for 15 years for the national team, making 78 appearances, and scoring 19 goals.
After his football career, Bellamy ventured into football coaching. He started his coaching career as a voluntary academy coach at Cardiff academy.
He is now working with his former teammate at Manchester City, Vincent Kompany, as an assistant manager at Burnley, who are eyeing promotion to the English top flight.
During his playing days, Bellamy won the Scottish Cup with Celtic and the EFL Cup with Liverpool.