Ex-Arsenal and Man City star started selling £200-a-pop backpacks after retiring

Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Bacary Sagna has been selling £200-a-pop backpacks since hanging up his boots.

The 40-year-old swapped football for selling "weightless rucksacks" after deciding to end his playing career in 2019, investing in French company Gravipack after a chance meeting with their founder. Sagna was convinced to invest £220,000 into the firm after an encounter with founder Mohammed Errafi on a train, and has since been showing off Gravipack's lightweight products.

The pair even appeared on French television last year to show off the products they had developed, with Sagna hiking around the countryside as part of the segment.

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At the time of the appearance on RTL, the former France international claimed: "This is the biggest challenge of my life outside football."

Meanwhile, Errafi revealed that Sagna had thought he was crazy when he first told him about the backpacks during their first meeting on the train.

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"In November 2019 I got onto a train at the same time as Bacary Sagna," explained Errafi. "I told him that I had invented a weightless rucksack. He burst out laughing, and told me I was mad.

"I have invented a product that comfortably spreads the load, and brings relief to one's back. The shoulder straps are unique. Your shoulders feel free, and there is an impressive absence of weight."

Sagna's transition into the backpack business has come about since he hung up his boots in 2019 at the age of 36 following an impressive career.

He spent a decade in England after first arriving in the Premier League when he joined Arsenal from Auxerre for £8million in the summer of 2007.

After making 284 appearances for the Gunners and winning an FA Cup, Sagna moved on a free transfer to City in 2014. He went on to make 86 appearances across three years in Manchester, during which time he also won the League Cup.

By the time of his release by City in 2017, Sagna had racked up 267 Premier League appearances across his spells at both clubs, scoring four goals and providing 24 assists from right-back.

He went on to play for Benevento in Italy and Major League Soccer outfit CF Montreal before ending his career. Sagna also won 65 caps for France, playing at two World Cups and the 2016 Euros.


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