FANS of Manchester City will remember Dutch international Nigel de Jong for his combative nature on the pitch.
The midfielder famously committed one of the worst fouls in a World Cup final ever to go unpunished when he launched a karate kick into the chest of Xabi Alonso.
Instagram @nigeldejongNigel De Jong launched Continental Cars in 2007[/caption]
Instagram @nigeldejongThe former City star studied for an economics degree while in the Ajax academy[/caption]
InstagramHis business focuses on selling luxury vehicles[/caption]
InstagramDe Jong counts Premier League players and shakes as clients[/caption]
With opposition midfielders letting out a shared sigh of relief when he retired from the game last year, it was interesting to see what his next move in the game would be.
And while he now works as the technical director of the Dutch national team, he still has a very nice side hustle which has been earning him money dating back to his early playing days.
De Jong studied for an economics degree during his time in the youth set up at Ajax and has put it to good use ever since.
While playing for Hamburg in Germany, De Jong founded a luxury car business called Continental Cars in 2007.
De Jong made it his mission to only sell the finest cars in the world and stocks Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Aston Martins, and Rolls Royces.
GettyDe Jong became accustomed to success at City[/caption]
GettyHe was part of the first City team to win the Premier League[/caption]
InstagramHe’s sold cars to Mesut Ozil[/caption]
InstagramAnd Lukas Podolski[/caption]
De Jong said: “My grandfather was one of the CEOs of Ford in Holland and I saw closely how he developed himself as a businessman.
“He was always on time, making sure payments were never late, paying attention to service and giving customers extra, always making sure the company and his family was stable.
“I looked up to him, and off the pitch, I wanted to be like him. I also think his professionalism is something I carried with me as a footballer too.”
He emphasised the importance of footballers investing in their education outside of football when he spoke to Joe, saying: “My mother always said ‘football is only part of your life, you have to develop yourself beyond that’ and I felt it was vital for me to do something for myself that wasn’t related to it.
“Besides being a professional player, I had the dream of owning a company and when I had the money and the expertise, I made it happen.
“God gave me the talent and the strength to become a football player, which gave me the financial resources and empowerment to improve in other areas.
“I think it’s so important for football players to be smart with what they do with their salaries, because it can become an investment or be gone before you know it.
Instagram @nigeldejongThe Dutch FA were so impressed with his business chops that they sought him out to be a technical director for the national side[/caption]
InstagramThe footballer made millions from his venture alongside football[/caption]
InstagramHe’s encouraged other players to get the same education he did so they can do the same[/caption]
InstagramHe admits there is a temptation for young players to waste their money[/caption]
InstagramA sample of some of the brands De Jong has to choose from[/caption]
“It is very tempting in our industry to live for now – to buy the expensive cars and live a flashy lifestyle – but you have to plan so you’re able to do that in future too.
“This is an education players should get from a very early age to help them deal with the money they’ll make.”
De Jong said not only does he deal with footballers wanting the most luxurious cars, but he has dealt with Middle Eastern Sheikhs that need motors sourced too.
He said to Voetbal International: “Of course many footballers know where to find us,” he said.
“But also business people, collectors, and we just have to work hard for it, it’s not that we’ve had success for ten years.
De Jong forms a business power couple with wife Winonah, 41.
Getty Images – GettyDe Jong at the launch of one of his wife’s collections[/caption]
InstagramDe Jong’s collection would be the envy of any petrolhead[/caption]
Winonah runs her own fashion label named WINONAH which launched in 2015.
The former midfielder now invests in other businesses with high potential.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com he said: “Some people say footballers are thick and not bright enough to be entrepreneurs.
“But when I see that a company has potential, I move the borders and go all the way for it.”
GettyDe Jong now works as the Dutch national team’s technical director[/caption]