By Tony Attwood
A while back in an article I traced the footballing life of David Bentley under the Whatever happened to…? heading.
Now we have found out what did happen, thanks to an article in the Guardian on 13 June 2014 which tells us that, “David Bentley broke down in tears as he announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.” We don’t know why he cried, but he did.
It seems he has not played for over a year after being with FC Rostov. And he said he social media had made football boring.
He said on Sky Sports
“I’ve just had little baby twins, three months old, and I’ve got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn’t want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money.
“It’s not really ever been an option for me to do that. I’m involved in a restaurant in Spain and we’re bringing it to the UK, so there is a lot of work there.
“I enjoyed every minute of it and had a smile on my face every day but I don’t want to carry on taking my family to a place we really don’t want to be. Life’s too short to do that.
“I have no regrets. I loved every minute of playing but the game has changed. When I first started it was the enjoyment, going in to work every day was brilliant.
“Now it’s a little bit robotic, the social media side of it, the money that has come into the game. I hate to say it, but it’s made it boring and predictable – calculated – and to go and sign another three or four years into that wasn’t really an option for me.”
So now we know.
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