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Why Hector’s planning for life after football

He may only be 22 years old, but Hector Bellerin is already planning for life after football.

 
The Spain international recently received a diploma in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, and has even discussed creating a marketing agency with his housemate.
 
“Sometimes football players get into their thirties and start thinking about what they’re going to be doing after,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player. “Suddenly, they might get injured and things are rushed. You end up not playing football and not thinking about what you’re going to do when you retire.
 
“I’ve known people who have had football taken away from them and have found it hard to know their purpose in life. It’s important to me to have clear things in my mind, even at such a young age, because you never know what could happen with injuries.
 
“It’s not just with age. A friend of mine had to stop football because of a cardiac arrest when he was really, really young. These things happen in football, so you always have to be ready for it.
 
“Hopefully, if God wants me to finish my career in my later years, I will have all these years to keep learning other things and have the clarity in my head of knowing what to do.”

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