#15 - Ian WrightNext
Most professional footballers are snapped up by academies from a very young age, but not Arsenal legend Ian Wright. He had trials with Brighton and Southend United when he was a teen, but he failed to impress here and just a few years later he found himself in jail for two weeks. Here he vowed to become a professional footballer and get his life on track, and he was given a chance after he was spotted by a Crystal Palace scout whilst playing Sunday league football at 21 years old. He immediately impressed and was signed, starting the beginning of a sensational career which includes a Premier League title, two F.A Cups, one League Cup, two PFA Team of the Year selections, 239 league goals and a number of England caps.