Wes Brown opens up about money troubles

Former Manchester United and Sunderland defender Wes Brown has revealed his experience with bankruptcy, nearly a year after a petition was filed against him by HMRC.

Brown, 44, enjoyed a successful career with over 300 Premier League appearances, including stints at Manchester United where he was part of two Champions League-winning squads under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, he faced financial challenges after retiring from professional football, reportedly losing millions in property deals and going through a divorce from his wife Leanne in 2022.

In a candid discussion on The Ben Heath Podcast, Brown discussed the financial issues that “came to a head” in 2023, acknowledging that many young athletes often get involved in investments without fully understanding the risks.

He emphasized the importance of having the right guidance and support when managing significant earnings, noting that his own experience highlighted the need for better financial education and advice for professional athletes.

Despite the challenges, Brown remains optimistic and focused on moving forward positively, highlighting the importance of learning from past experiences and being proactive in seeking the right support.

He also mentioned that other players have confided in him about similar financial struggles, underscoring the need for improved financial literacy and support systems within the sports industry.


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