Ex-Man Utd starlet tipped for big things now earns £5m-a-year away from football

Former Manchester United starlet Ramon Calliste wasn't able to live-up to his promise on the pitch – but the Welshman has still made a success of himself.

A serious ankle injury suffered in 2006 put pay to Calliste's hopes of a professional football career. Rather than let that define his life, though, he moved into a new venture selling watches.

And fast forward 16 years, the 36-year-old is now running a business which makes £5million-a-year. Global Watches sells luxury timepieces to high-profile clientele for up to £250,000, with Calliste making use of his former profession in particular.

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Explaining his career change, he told The Sun: "When I realised football wasn't going to give me the life I desired, it was about setting up something else and moving fast.

"I started to get involved in watches through contacts I had in the world of football. Once I saw it could become a viable business, I set up Global Watches in 2013 and it's become a really strong company that's now turning over millions.

"The idea is to keep it growing and hopefully sell the company in five or ten years time, just like Watchfinder did recently."

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Calliste actually started out at Coventry City, who he claims blocked him for playing for Wales Under-19s when he was aged just 13 so opposition scouts wouldn't see him.

He never played for United but did train with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo on occasion, as well as training alongside Gareth Bale for Wales under-21s.

After failing to break through for the Red Devils, Calliste spent a season with Liverpool, topping their reserves' scoring charts. He decided to move to Scunthorpe on the advice of national team manager John Toshack, but badly dislocated his ankle in his first game.

However, he has no regrets from his brief time in the beautiful game, adding: "In the end, football just wasn't meant for me. With all the ability I had, it just wasn't my destiny.

"I wouldn't have met my wife, I wouldn't have met my children because I wouldn't have come to London at the time I did. That alone is the most important thing for me."

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