Philip Mulryne once played alongside stars such as Ryan Giggs and David Beckham at Manchester United, before going on to have a successful career at Norwich, where he was reputed to earn £500,000-a-year and dated model Nicola Chapman. He also won 27 caps for Northern Ireland.
But, having hung up his boots in 2008, the former midfielder is now a world away from the millionaire lifestyle and is studying for the priesthood.
Brother Philip - a member of the Dominican Order - was ordained a deacon by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin on Saturday.
The 38-year-old was joined by family and friends for the service in St Saviour’s Priory in Dublin.
Bro Philip is expected to be ordained to the priesthood next year.