Former Manchester United striker David Bellion has suffered a real fall from grace, and is now working part time in an art gallery as well as playing third division football.
The Frenchman was seen as an exciting young prospect when he first moved to Old Trafford from Sunderland, but failed to make the grade in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team squad.
Bellion has also played for West Ham United in the Premier League, but has seen his career go really downhill in recent years, and is now working as a promoter of an art gallery in Paris.
The 32-year-old spoke to the Daily Mirror about his new career path, talking about his role collecting paintings and helping out with the gallery.
“I work for Ymer & Malta, a little gallery in Paris, and I collect works of art. I have two paintings of theirs,” he said.
“The woman who set it up offered me the chance to represent them, and I said yes straightaway. Living in Paris enables me to do this.”
Bellion added that he has no regrets over his playing days with United, speaking of his pride at playing alongside big names such as Ryan Giggs at the Theatre of Dreams.
“I had two dreams in my career – to play alongside Ryan Giggs, which I did at United, and to end up with New York Cosmos,” he added.