Once one of the best players in Premier League betting, Dele Alli has endured a demise from the days of being a star at Tottenham and an England regular.
For a period, he looked set to play a decade-plus for the Three Lions and ascend to become a world star. His career has taken a very different path, however, with Alli falling out of favour at Spurs and failing to make an impact at Everton.
Born in 1996, there is time for Alli to turn his career around. As it stands, though, his career risks being a what-could-have-been after exploding onto the scene after his transfer to Tottenham from MK Dons.
For now, Alli is featuring in the Turkish Süper Lig for one of the preseason betting favourites in Besiktas.
Dele Alli net worth is thought to be comfortably north of £10 million. Some sites go as far as the £20 million mark. Such is the timing of Alli’s career, his net worth is not as far behind someone like Dennis Bergkamp as you might expect.
Of course, still in his mid-twenties, Alli has years of high-income to go before he needs to decide how to allocate his time during retirement.
Back in 2018, it was reported Alli made over £2 million in off-field income, including a boot deal with Adidas.
Alli became a part of CAA, who helped him to monetise his celebrity status. Alli had a partnership with BooHoo, and he has used his sizeable Instagram account to market products in the past.
In 2019, Alli agreed a deal with SecretLab, a company which manufactures gaming chairs. Alli’s love of gaming has long been public knowledge, and the organisation were pleased to be partnering with an elite sportsperson.
The company’s chief executive, Ian Alexander Ang, said, "The perception that gamers only consist of nerdy boys in the basement is no longer true.
"We want to be part of the movement to educate the public on this, and partnering with an elite sportsman like Dele is our way of doing so."
Dele Alli is currently in the second season of a three-year contract with Everton. The deal is worth £100,000 per week, which would have made Alli joint-75th among Premier League player salaries for the 2022-23 season.
Upon signing Alli (and Donny van de Beek), Everton manager Frank Lampard cited the importance of having players with something to prove, which Alli certainly did after becoming no more than a backup at Tottenham.
Lampard said, "In terms of our business with Donny and Dele, they’re separate cases. I just look at the player and the person and I had conversations with them both.
"They’re both very, very talented players. I’ve come up against them in the past and was very impressed with them. Sometimes it’s good to get players in who have a point to prove."
This isn’t Alli’s first big contract. He signed a six-year extension with Tottenham back in 2018.
Both Spurs and Everton will have regretted those contract decisions, though, and Alli has an awful lot to prove in the coming months.
Dele Alli joined Everton from Tottenham in the 2022 January transfer window.
This move kept Alli involved in Premier League predictions when he could have gone elsewhere, presenting him with a chance to partner with former England midfielder Frank Lampard.
The Toffees spent a sizeable fee on Alli, which could have risen to £40 million. Lampard’s presence clearly played a major part in Alli opting to move to Goodison Park.
Alli said, "I'm very excited, a bit tired from the long day but we got there in the end. I'm delighted.
"I've had a few good conversations with him [Lampard] already, he's a player I admired through his whole career watching him. I'm pleased to work with him, it's very exciting, I'm sure we can do great things together.
"I just want to be happy playing football. Working with Lampard, and the great players Everton have got, is a great opportunity for me to do that. I'm excited to go there, show the fans what I can do, and help the club as much as I can."
Unfortunately, it joins a long list of failed Everton transfers. Alli departed Merseyside on loan in the summer of 2022, joining Turkish club Besiktas.
The move could become permanent depending on Alli’s performance level, but Besiktas will pay just a small portion of his contract.
Besiktas fans gave Alli a very warm welcome, and he got off to a strong start with a goal against Ankaragucu to end his 13-month drought.
Former Tottenham and England teammate Eric Dier believes Alli is pleased to be able to turn over a new leaf in Turkey.
"I spoke to him after his first game. I think he is happy to have a new challenge, somewhere fresh. I think he is excited by a new experience from a life point of view as well and all I heard were positive things from him.
"He is young. 26. I think we all know in football things can change very quickly for anyone at any time so everything is possible. It is just up to us as individuals."
This loan could be just what Alli needs to get back on track, either setting up a Premier League return of beginning a second act in Turkey.
MK Dons 2011-15 – 88 appearances, 24 goals
Tottenham 2015-22 – 269 appearances, 67 goals
Everton 2022-present – 13 appearances, no goals
Besiktas 2022-present – two appearances, one goal
England 2015-19 – 37 caps, three goals
MK Dons Young Player of the Year – 2013-14
Football League Young Player of the Month – August 2014
Football League Young Player of the Year – 2014-15
BBC Goal of the Season – 2015-16
PFA Young Player of the Year – 2015-16, 2016-17
Premier League Player of the Month – January 2017
PFA Team of the Year – League One 2014-15, Premier League 2015-16, Premier League 2016-17