Former Manchester United and England footballer, Wes Brown, has been declared bankrupt by the High Court following a petition filed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Brown, who earned a weekly wage of £50,000 during his time at Old Trafford, split from his wife Leanne in late 2021. The couple had been married since 2009 and have three children together.
Brown, who hails from Cheshire, began his footballing career as a schoolboy with Manchester United and went on to make 362 appearances for the club.
During his time at Old Trafford, he won five Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, and an FA Cup. He also represented England 23 times.
After leaving Manchester United in 2011, Brown played for Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, and Kerala Blasters in India before retiring from football in 2018.
He was the last member of Manchester United’s 1999 Treble-winning squad still playing professionally at the time of his retirement.
The bankruptcy order against Brown was granted by the High Court on April 12, following the HMRC’s petition on February 27.
The news has been widely reported in the media, with many speculating on the reasons behind Brown’s financial difficulties. However, no official statement has been released by Brown or his representatives.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Wes Brown remains a highly respected figure in the world of football. He is remembered as a key member of Manchester United’s dominant side in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and a talented defender who represented his country with distinction.