Top sports men and women moving into business after their career ends is something of a common occurrence. Less common is when former elite athletes transition into specialist banking careers. What breaks the mould entirely is a former Italy under 20 football Captain, who made appearances for Internazionale in the Champions League, moving into a banking role for one of the top investment banks in London.
For Luca Franchini, swapping the pitch for the square mile is a chance to get challenged again.
“The investment banking environment is something that has always fascinated me.”
The former defender has also been in successful administrator roles for Inter as well as coaching positions for the likes of Southampton and Championship (division 2 in England) side, Brentford. He was forced to hang up his boots after sustaining a career-ending knee injury in 2013.
“It wasn’t easy to leave my home town, my club, but I’m really motivated to get a chance and a challenge in a new environment where I’ve never been challenged before,” says Franchising who is relishing the idea of getting back into a hyper competitive, yet supportive, space.