Former Premier League star sentenced to a year in PRISON following failure in paying £70,000 worth alimony

Bosko Balaban now runs a management and consulting agency.

Former Premier League star sentenced to a year in PRISON following failure in paying £70,000 worth alimony

(L-R) Iva Radic, Bosko Balaban (Source: via Instagram/@_boskobalaban_ and @iva.radic)

Ex-Aston Villa striker, Bosko Balaban has been sentenced to one year in jail after failing to pay alimony to his ex-wife, Iva Radic – miss Croatia in 2015. The amount of money the ex-player failed to pay was £70,000.

Married for over ten years with three kids—two girls and a boy—the ex-Premier League player faced legal trouble post-divorce. In 2021, he got a one-year jail term and four years probation for overdue alimony payments. Despite a recent report by HLN, stating his imprisonment, he won’t avoid it even if he settles the remaining amount.

Balaban, who retired in 2015, has been sentenced, and his contributions to Croatian football post-retirement won’t alter it. His prominent protege, Andrej Kramarić, now thriving in Bundesliga‘s TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, stands testament to Balaban’s post-football career.

Now, having to spend a year in jail due to his past marriage complications, Bosko Balaban heads off to prison.

Learn more about ex-Aston Villa player, Bosko Balaban

A career spanning over two decades, Croatian International made his professional debut for HNK Rijeka where he spent over five years of his life playing as a forward for the team. His performances in Dinamo Zagreb, after Rijeka, earned him a move to Premier League side, Aston Villa, after just one season.

Bosko Balaban
Bosko Balaban (Source: via belga)

Initially, the Croatian struggled in English football, playing only eight times before being loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb after one season. He returned to Zagreb for a third stint in 2004 after a successful period at Club Brugge, where he scored over 58 goals in 118 appearances. Following a brief time in Greece with Panionios F.C., he concluded his career with a three-year stint at Selangor F.C. in Malaysia.

The 45-year-old also spent over seven years playing for the national team playing World Cup qualifiers and Euro Cup qualifiers. But he never set foot on the pitch during the big tournaments. In 2007 he retired from national team football.

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