Former Black Stars defender John Paintsil was arguably one of the most popular Ghanaian footballers during his playing days.
In a career which spanned over 17 years (1999-2016), Paintsil established himself as the number one right-full back for the Black Stars for most of his playing years.
While he was quite popular and one of the first names to expect on the squad list of the Black Stars during his playing days, Paintsil has been very quiet since retiring.
But for few the times that he has appeared on TV as a football pundit, one could say Paintsil is not in the limelight unlike many of his compatriots who live quite flashy lives.
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However, a sneak peek into the plush mansion of the former defender reveals that just like any of his colleagues, he is a very rich man but does not flaunt it.
Paintsil owns a very beautiful mansion somewhere in the prime area of East Legon and has a collection of expensive cars stocked there.
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As someone who come from a relatively humble background, there is no doubt he has done so well for himself.
Born on June 15, 1981 at Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region, Paintsil started his professional with his hometown club, Berekum Arsenal in 1999.
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After bursting onto the scene as part of the Black Satellites, Ghana’s Under-20 team, which placed second at the 2001 FIFA Youth World Cup in Argentina, Paintsil established himself as regular for the senior national team.
He played over 80 matches for Ghana, including five AFCON tournaments (2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013) and two FIFA World Cups (2006 and 2010).
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On the club front, the lanky defender also played for one other Ghanaian club, Liberty Professional, before getting transferred to Polish club Widzew Łódź at the start of 2002.
After spending a half season in Poland, Paintsil moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel where he later joined Happoel Tel Aviv.
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Following his performance for the Black Stars at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Paintsil got a transfer to the much-heralded English Premier League to sign for West Ham United and later Fulham and Leicester City.
In the later days of his career, Paintsil played in South Africa for Santos FC and Maritzburg United.
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The 37-year-old retired from active football in 2016 and and was appointed an assistant coach for Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s topmost clubs.
He, however, left the club after one year and has since been making appearances on TV as a football pundit.
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