Ramon Calliste has been dubbed Manchester United’s next big thing but now earns £5million a year after starting his own business.
Calliste came to United’s attention when he was in high school. He moved to Old Trafford and was branded as United’s next Ryan Giggs.
However, his football career did not materialize as Calliste wished.
Addressed exclusively to The sunhe talked about going from being a footballer to making big money as a business owner.
Calliste said: “I was watched by Man United scout Tony Hopkins for two years when I was at a high school in Cardiff.
“I originally signed for Coventry, but I didn’t feel happy there. I was chosen for the Wales Under-19s when I was 13, and Coventry barred me from playing.
“I found out it was because someone might have poached me if they saw me play and I impressed the other scouts. I left that contract, went back to school, then moved to Manchester United in 2000.”
Calliste added: “When I arrived at Old Trafford, I met Sir Alex Ferguson, which was an incredible experience. Seeing everything for the first time, I walked into the famous hall where everyone meets him.
“He was a special, I wasn’t fazed by a lot when I was young, but he had the aura of a great man.”
Sadly, Calliste never made it into United’s first team and was eventually released by the club.
Since leaving United, Calliste has played for Scunthorpe United. However, his football career was turned upside down when he dislocated his ankle in his first pre-season with the club. He cracked a bone and damaged his ligaments.
Calliste tried to revive his football career at clubs like Farnborough and Cambridge City, but to no avail.
The former Red Devil then decided to start his own business and founded Global Watches in 2013.
Calliste’s company sells high-end luxury watches such as Rolex, Audemars, Piguet and Hublot and earns around £5million a year.
His clients are many footballers and celebrities, including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
Calliste said: “When I realized football wasn’t going to give me the life I wanted, it was about putting something else in place and going fast.
“I became interested in watches through contacts I had in the world of football. Once I saw it could become a viable business, I started Global Watches in 2013 and it has grown into a very solid business that is now generating millions.
“The idea is to keep growing and hopefully sell the business in five or ten years, just like Watch-finder did recently.”