Many a sports star have found themselves in a tough position of struggling with the next move after what is a relatively short career at the top has come to an end.
While some would prefer not to completely leave the sport they love by taking up a role in administration and in media, some have decided to lend their leadership abilities to more serious matters, turning to politics instead.
We have compiled a list of some of the more notable pro sportsmen who decided to move from inspiring in the sports arena to leading from the political office.
Manny Pacquiao – Boxer
Short in stature but arguably the Philippines’ most recognisable figure, Pacquiao is mostly known for his incredible achievements in the boxing ring but has dabbled in pretty much everything, including music, basketball, film and even politics.
His career in politics has run concurrently with his boxing career as he currently serves as a Senator in the Philippines.
Arjuna Ranatunga – Cricketer
The legendary Sri Lankan captain lead his side their historic triumph in the 1996 Cricket World Cup – a victory that came at a time where the islanders were considered rank underdogs.
He called time on his playing days in 1999 and decided to lend his sharp leadership skills to cricket administration before moving to politics where he has occupied several seats as a member of parliament.
Ranatunga currently serves as Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development.
Arnold Schwazzeneger – Bodybuilder
More famous for his numerous movie roles, the “Terminator” first cut his teeth as a young bodybuilder who dominated the sport before he got recognition from Hollywood and was the go-to muscle bound action guy throughout the 80s and the early 90s.
George Weah – footballer
Had a long illustrious career as a footballer with notable stints in France and Italy where he established himself as one of Africa’s greatest of all time, before short stints in England towards his retirement.