I’m glad I failed at Man City – I quit football and now I’m worth £83m

He is not the sole talented young footballer who has failed to meet the high expectations. A significant number of players pass through an esteemed academy, with a few managing to make their first appearance in professional matches. However, they subsequently struggle to meet the required standards and consequently spend the rest of their career competing in lower-tier divisions.

Even if some players do not return to the top, Manchester City takes equal pride in creating academy players who have long careers in the Football League as they do in those who permanently graduate to the first team.

If the career trajectories of all City academy players were classified into distinct categories based on their achieved level or future professional pursuits, there would be one notable exception: Reece Wabara, a 32-year-old individual of substantial wealth, made a decisive career change from football to fashion and has since remained committed to his new path.

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Having progressed through the City ranks from the age of 14, Wabara made his debut for the Blues on the last day of the 2010/11 season. Subsequently, he was loaned to Ipswich and Oldham, where he achieved a notable victory for the Latics in the FA Cup against a formidable Liverpool team in 2013, under the guidance of City icon Paul Dickov. Subsequently, he embarked on loan stints at Blackpool and Doncaster prior to being released by City in 2014.

Afterwards, there was a lasting reunion with Dickov at Doncaster, followed by stints at Barnsley and Wigan. While he was moving between League One and the Championship in his football career, an entirely different aspect of his life was beginning to flourish, ultimately leading to a transformative metamorphosis.

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“I take full responsibility for my football career’s shortcomings,” Wabara admitted to CEOCAST in December 2022, acknowledging his complacency and lack of effort. “The task was relatively simple until I reached the age of 18, at which point everyone began to close the gap and catch up to me.” I excelled as the most skilled player. You lack the comprehension due to your young age. If a task is simple and you are unaware of its simplicity until after it is completed, you do not exert excessive effort.

 

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