Michael Chopra was once a prolific goalscorer for Cardiff City, bagging over 50 goals for the side during his four seasons there.
The striker was arguably one of the most feared forwards in the Championship at one time and before that, he even bagged on a frequent basis for Barnsley in League One as a 20-year old.
The last time he wore a Bluebirds kit though was way back in 2010 – over 11 years ago.
Since then, he has gone on to play for several other clubs, which has taken him all the way across the globe.
So how has Michael Chopra got on since leaving Cardiff?
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After leaving the Bluebirds, he joined Ipswich Town, where he remained prolific. He scored 14 goals for the Tractor Boys in his first season there, which is a solid return. A year later though, that figure dipped and he was let go by the club and joined Blackpool.
However, he only managed to make five starts for the Tangerines and they too decided to part ways with Chopra. The next move for the forward would be the most eye-catching one.
That’s because the striker ended up joining Kerala Blasters during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. It was an exciting move for the forward and it gave him the chance to explore football in a different part of the world. However, his time playing for the side was hampered by injuries and he failed to bag on too regular of a basis.
Off the striker went again then, this time to Alloa Athletic in Scotland. In more fresh surroundings, he bagged a further two goals in 15 starts for them before unfortunately being sidelined yet again. It led to his eventual release from the club and a return to Kerala Blasters in India. This time around he looked fitter and did manage to bag more goals for the Indian Super League side.
It would prove to be his last efforts as a football player though, as Chopra decided to retire in 2016.
Now, the former Cardiff player’s pursuits lie outside of the playing world.
Chopra is active on Twitter for a start (@MichaelChopra) and has had a stint as an agent, worked as a pundit and spoken out about footballing issues on a variety of platforms. He is also a supporter of the ‘Talk Ban Stop’ campaign, which supports people who have gambling issues. The forward himself has admitted to gambling problems of his own and is now working hard to advocate for others to get the help they need.
After a long battle with gambling, I’m pleased to be supporting the new #TalkBanStop campaign to support gamblers who need help this Christmas.⁰Help is available. https://t.co/wuGtvAINzs⁰@GamCare @Gambanapp @GamStopUK1 https://t.co/CjAA7VNnWx
— Michael Chopra (@MichaelChopra) December 17, 2020