David James is a former English soccer player who participates in Strictly Come Dancing 2019. The successful goalkeeper was paired with professional dance partner Nadia Bychkova. However, James is one of the celebrities in the danger zone on tonight's show, when the results are announced for the week, having faced prom twice in recent weeks. According to William Hill bookmakers' last chances before last night's live show, the former player was 1/1 to be sent home.
James amassed an impressive fortune during his football days – what is the net worth of David James?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, David James has a net worth of £ 12 million.
So how did James manage to accumulate so much wealth? The English goalkeeper has played in major clubs such as Liverpool, Watford, Aston Villa, Manchester City and West Ham.
At the height of his career, David earned £ 50,000 a week while playing at the then Portsmouth.
James was crowned 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010.
He also received an MBE in 2012 for his football and charity services. Just a year later, he ended his career at the Icelandic club IBV.
However, not everything was easy for the goalkeeper and he found himself in financial trouble in 2014.
This is believed to be due to debts accrued after his wife Tanya's divorce, according to reports from The Sun.
He paid his ex-wife £ 3 million when they split in 2005.
James declared himself bankrupt despite earning about £ 20 million in his football career.
The player filed a petition with the debtor at Hertford County Courthouse in 2014, and documents at the time stated that he would automatically be released from bankruptcy within a year.
Bankruptcy forced him to auction off a plethora of personal belongings.
James coached Luton Town and Kerala Blasters FC for the 2014 Indian Super League season.
The former football player is now a BBC and BT Sport expert.
He is also an artist, having auctioned off his charity work and illustrated children's books.
This week marks the fifth week of Strictly Come Dancing 2019. James and Bychkova performed Jive to Such a night yesterday.
James said athlete and former winner Mark Foster was the inspiration to go to the show. "He's the reason I'm on the show, he told me how wonderful the experience was and how lovely the Strictly team is," he told the BBC.