Ryan Bertrand is a former UEFA Champions League winner as he was a member of the Chelsea squad that triumphed against the odds in Munich in 2012. Bertrand has also been capped for England and even managed to find the net in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Malta back in 2017. However, since then his career has quickly winded down.
Ryan Bertrand has scored his first ever goal for England on his 46th cap at all levels.— Squawka (@Squawka) September 1, 2017
Personal milestone. 🦁 pic.twitter.com/FrcVMrtn2D
Leicester’s poor form in Bertrand’s absence
Bertrand joined Leicester City on a free transfer in 2021, but in the 2021/22 season, he appeared just four times in the league before suffering a serious knee injury. The former England international has not appeared at all this season and his team have struggled greatly with the lack of depth in their squad. Leicester have fallen into a relegation battle as a result of their poor form, with odds on the Premier League relegation market of 10/3, which would be a remarkable decline for the league champions of 2015/16.
Bertrand’s business exploits
At the age of 33 and still recovering from injury it is unlikely Bertrand has a significant part of his career left to play, however, his business exploits off the field have set him up comfortably for the future in terms of finances. Bertrand initially founded Silicon Markets in 2015 which was a Fintech start-up aimed at helping the average trader with foreign exchange trading with the use of artificial intelligence technology. The start-up was a huge success and was eventually sold to a Malaysian firm with the former Chelsea star earning a lucrative fee to help fund his retirement.
In 2016, Bertrand alongside John Terry and Jose Fonte launched FootiEmoji which was an emoji app that allowed users to send football player-themed emojis. That venture did not last for a significant period of time and was not incredibly successful. However, the fact Bertrand was researching methods of securing future income while in the prime of his career was indicative of the person he was and still is. Off the pitch, he will take research-based risks and his business ventures will surely only improve with time especially as he has undertaken a Harvard Business School four-day course in 2020 with the intention of furthering his knowledge and skills.
Bertrand attended a course focused on the business of entertainment, media and sport with the hope of applying the skills that he acquired beyond his footballing career. Outside of the game, he will certainly continue to be involved with financial trading. However, he still could be involved in football after his playing days are over. Bertrand could use his knowledge of the game in addition to his business skills to be an excellent director of football at a top club. Another key requirement needed from a director of football at a leading club is strong networking, and this is something Bertrand of course does not lack. He has strong relationships with players and staff from his former clubs including the likes of Terry and Frank Lampard.
Happy birthday to Ryan Bertrand! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/8Nbz4LmiyK— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 5, 2022
Ryan Bertrand is clearly skilled beyond his ability with a ball at his feet, and will likely be successful in whichever journey he takes when he retires. Perhaps we will even see him still involved within the game in a non-playing role, he has detailed continuing to work in football beyond his retirement as a key aspiration after all.
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