Former Manchester United and England football star, Wes Brown, has been declared bankrupt by the UK government’s tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Wes Brown goes bankrupt after divorce: Brown, who earned £50,000 a week during his time at Old Trafford, had a bankruptcy petition filed against him by HMRC on February 27th, 2023, which was approved by the High Court on April 12th. The official order was published this week in The Gazette.
The former defender had reportedly split from his wife, Leanne, last year. The couple, who have three children together, separated before Christmas in 2021, and the split was said to have been amicable, with no third parties involved.
Following the separation, Brown moved out of the family home, which he shared with Leanne and their children Halle, Lilia, and Lola. The couple had married in a lavish ceremony at Peckforton Castle near Tarporley, Cheshire, in 2009.
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Brown, who was born in Cheshire, joined Manchester United as a schoolboy and made his debut in 1998.
During his career, he made an impressive 362 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League five times, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League twice.
He also earned 23 caps for England. After leaving Manchester United in 2011, he went on to play for Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, and Kerala Blasters in India before retiring in 2018. At the time of his retirement, he was the last member of Manchester United’s 1999 Treble-winning squad still playing professionally.
Despite his successful career in football, Brown’s financial difficulties have led to him being declared bankrupt. It is a stark reminder of the importance of managing personal finances, even for high-earning individuals.