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From Real Madrid hard man to poker star?! The odd career of Thomas Gravesen

It's unsurprising that Gravesen has gone an unusual way after ending his playing days aged 33, given he is one of Los Blancos' strangest signings


When a footballer finishes his playing career, there are a number of traditional avenues open to him. He may go into coaching or punditry. In times gone by, many opened pubs or found a new trade.

One path less travelled is becoming a multi-millionaire poker player in Las Vegas. That is the route said to be taken by Thomas Gravesen, the former Everton and Real Madrid midfielder.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Gravesen has gone an unusual way after finishing his playing career at the age of 33, given he remains one of the oddest signings Madrid made this century.

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