9 football players who are also successful businessmen
Ali Daei ( born 21 March 1969) is a former professional footballer, football manager and businessman. A striker, he was captain of the national team between 2000 and 2006 and played in the German Bundesliga for Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. A tall forward, Daei was a prolific goalscorer and was known for his heading accuracy and ability in the air. He was the world’s top international goalscorer with 109 goals, until his record was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021. During his playing career, Daei was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. Following his retirement, Daei served as a member of the FIFA Football Committee between 2007 and 2013. In 2014, he was inducted into the Asian Football Hall of Fame.