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Top 15 Elite Athletes Who Shockingly Went Bankrupt

Nearly every child in the world grows up playing at least one sport, whether it be soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball, football, tennis, golf, or even track and field. For most kids, a sport is played for educational and health purposes, or simply because they enjoy the activity. There are some kids though who, when they get older, decide to try and become a professional athlete, either because they possess an overwhelming passion for their preferred sport, or because they possess a high level of talent that they think they can make a living off of.

If a person does become one of the lucky few to actually become a professional athlete, they are in store to possibly make a very comfortable living for themselves as long as they stay healthy and are able to produce. A professional athlete, depending on the sport and endorsements, is capable of earning anywhere between a few million dollars and hundreds of millions of dollars by the time their playing career is done. Most people would be able to live carefree for the rest of their lives with that kind of money, and most athletes do, but there are also some athletes who through gratuitous spending, terrible investments, and bad personal choices, sometimes end up with little to no money left to their name, and can even be forced into bankruptcy. Here is a list of the top 15 star athletes who went bankrupt.

15 Johnny Unitas

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14 Lenny Dykstra

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13 Latrell Sprewell

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12 Marion Jones

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11 Tony Gwynn

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10 Lawrence Taylor

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9 Allen Iverson

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8 Mark Brunell

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7 Michael Vick

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6 Vince Young

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5 Diego Maradona

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4 Antoine Walker

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3 Kenny Anderson

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2 Scottie Pippen

1 Mike Tyson

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In his prime, Mike Tyson was the meanest and most ferocious fighters in all of boxing, and even though he will be remembered for biting off a portion of Evander Holyfield’s ear, he is still the youngest boxer to win all three major heavyweight titles. He successfully defended one title nine times, and won more than a dozen of his first fights via knockout. Tyson managed to turn his in-ring effectiveness into $300 million dollars, but thanks to an obscene amount of unnecessary and rapid spending, he ended up falling $27 million dollars in debt and declared bankruptcy in 2003. Luckily, Tyson got to star in the Hangover movies, and an animated series on Adult Swim to recuperate some money, but he will never make anything close to what he earned while boxing.

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