Charlotte FC’s Lloyd Sam talks money — from a $50 dare to when he won’t pay extra
Welcome to “Money Clips with Ally,” where we chat with interesting people about all things money — from their guilty pleasure spend and what they’d do with $50, to financial lessons learned throughout their lives.
Kicking off the series is Charlotte FC’s Lloyd Sam. As the club’s color commentator, Sam is well known by the team’s fans for his charisma and expert analysis when it comes to breaking down the nuances of the game, but his renown doesn’t end in the Queen City. Sam dazzled at the professional level in England and the United States for almost two decades before moving into the broadcaster’s booth, where he’s covered MLS, United Soccer League and World Cup matches.
Join us as Sam shares his unique perspective on his financial and personal journey.
But I think I’m going to purchase the David Beckham AC Milan jersey. He was there for such a short time I feel like that’d be a good one to get.
I would say a house. In London I bought a few houses while I was there. But I didn’t know I was saving for a house initially, I’ll be honest. For the longest time I wasn’t saving for anything in particular, I just liked the numbers I was getting to.
But then I carried on buying houses after that. I would move to another team, buy another house, move again. So I accidentally on purpose got into real estate development, but I like that I did it that way.
I kind of went away from cars for a little bit. I used to like cars a lot when I was in England. I like the Range Rover Velar, the charcoal one with the black wheels. I see myself getting that.
Fifty can’t get you what it used to, but in saying that, when I was at New York Red Bulls, they [my teammates] dared me to lick a pole on the subway for $50…
And I did it.
I’m thinking about something I’ll never pay extra for, funny enough. I’ll never pay extra for first class. Let’s say first is $1800 and the regular is $600, I’m paying $600 and blowing the rest when I get there. That’s one of those things where it’s a luxury, but I’ll use it in another way.
Sam and three family members seated at a restaurant table for dinner
Work hard, play hard – but work hard first. Looking back, I like how I’ve done it. I started with the value mindset from my parents, and that allowed me to save a lot even without saving for anything in particular. I would do it the same way again. Take the value aspect first because once that’s in you, it’s in you, then bring the “luxury” attitude later on.
I wish I had a fun answer for you, but business cards and my ID. I keep a card holder now; the old-school wallets are too big in the back pocket in my opinion.
It’s got to be clothes. There’s certain things I’ve decided now that are non-negotiable when weighing money and value, clothes is one of those things. Once upon a time when I was in Miami, my answer would have also been food.
Also, anything my mom wants. We’ll splurge on that.
Sam taking in the view of the pitch
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