At the peak of his career, Lee Hendrie was earning more than £30,000 a week playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League.
He won an England cap and was considered one of the best young English players of the late 1990s, in the same generation as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard.
But at the age of 35, his days of luxury cars and million-pound houses are well and truly behind him. In January 2012, faced with spiralling debts and repossession, Hendrie was declared bankrupt after twice trying to take his own life.
Hendrie, who is still playing for non-league side Tamworth, has spoken of his dramatic fall from grace and, according to sporting charity XPro, he is just one of a number of footballers facing serious financial problems.
The group claims as many as three in five Premier League footballers face bankruptcy within five years of retiring from the game.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, disputes these figures, s...