There have been a number of footballers to have looked to try their hands in a number of different industries since hanging up their boots for good, however Andre Schurrle’s latest adventure might just be one of the weirdest to have ever potentially happen.
The former Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Germany international winger sensationally quit from the game earlier this year when he decided to leave the Bundesliga outfit in the summer, despite being just 30 years old.
However, it seems he has managed to find something else to do with his time, by investing in a cannabis company. Essentially, he has swapped the grass of the pitch for the grass of drugs… Anyone who managed to find any free bet offers for 2020 on this happening would be rolling in it!
The former FIFA World Cup winner is said to be planning to invest a shed load of money into the Sanity Group, according to a report by The Sun. The firm is based in Berlin and grows cannabis for medicinal purposes, with the drug having been legalised for use in the country.
Schurrle is not the only big name from German football said to be getting involved, as he will be joined by former Germany and Dortmund team-mate, Mario Gotze, as a fellow investor.
Other big names ready to invest in the ‘joint’ venture include none other than rapper Will.i.am, model Stefanie Giesinger and ex-Germany international midfielder, Dennis Aogo.
Bild have reported that there have already been discussions between Schurrle and Gotze about working together on the business opportunity. It has also been revealed by industry sources that Finn Age Hansel – the Sanity Group chief – has already approached the footballing duo about the possible investment earlier in 2020 in person.
Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, is already said to have ploughed money in to the start-up, thus helping them to raise a total of more than £20 million in funding.
Of course, Chelsea had paid less than that to sign Schurrle when he was in his prime, as they splashed £18 million to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2013. Although he managed to score 14 goals in 65 games, he was not always given a fair chance and left for Wolfsburg for a fee of £22 million back in January 2015.
Schurrle is not the only big sporting name to have entered the cannabis industry, with the legendary ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson having enjoyed huge amount of success in the industry.
The legendary boxer – who recently came out of retirement – has been selling cannabis products since 2016 and is thought to be raking in around £500,000 a month through his Tyson Holistic label.