Where is Lee Sharpe now?
After a career plagued with injuries, former Man United winger Lee Sharpe decided to retire from football in 2003 aged just 32 after three seasons in the lower leagues with the likes of Bradford City and Exeter City.
Although Sharpe was unlucky with his fitness he still won an impressive amount of silverware with Manchester United including three Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins, a League Cup win and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
Sharpe also represented the England national team at senior level winning eight caps between 1991 and 1995.
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Since retiring he has appeared on a string of reality TV shows including Celebrity Love Island, Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Wrestling.
Sharpe has also appeared on Match of the Day, ESPN Star in Singapore as a pundit as well as the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, for their exclusive coverage of the Premier League.
Sharpe has also set up his own foundation which was formed to utilise sport as a tool for social change in underprivileged areas all over the world.
He now mostly works as an after dinner speaker with amusing stories and anecdotes about this time playing professional football.
One of his stories involves a young Paul Scholes which he recounted on the BT Sports “Football Tonight” show.
“The senior pros — Robson, Bruce, Schmeichel, McClair — always used to watch the third team, which was then the A team, and Scholes was playing,” Sharpe recounted.
“Robson turns to the manager and says, ‘Who are you keeping, who are you letting go?’ and he obviously said, ‘We’re keeping Beckham, Butt, Neville, this lad, this lad, this lad’s going, and we’re not sure about the little red-head in midfield.’
“Then Scholesy gets the ball on the edge of the box, fakes to shoot and drags it, defender slides past him, fakes to shoot again and drags it, and another midfielder slides past him, shuffles between the two centre-halves, fakes to shoot, keeper goes down onto one knee and Scholesy scoops it and dinks it into the bottom corner.
“And Robson turns to the manager and went, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re talking about?'”
Check out his website for more information on his after dinner speaking services.
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Lee Sharpe: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Bradford City, Leeds United, Manchester United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com