As a famous sports star, your life can be scrutinised from the second you wake up until the second you go to sleep. When it comes to footballers, however, their lives off the pitch can be as interesting as their lives on the pitch. Whilst most of their hobbies tend to at least be related to sports in one way or another, others can be a little more obscure. Continue reading to familiarise yourself with the surprising interests of footballers outside of football.
With cryptocurrency and blockchain technology continuing to infiltrate a growing number of industries and sectors on a global scale, footballers are amongst the millions of people around the world getting involved. For example, professional footballer Hal Robson-Kanu recently revealed in an interview with a leading publication that he heads to his office in London every night until 9 pm to work on his budding career as a blockchain entrepreneur. But whilst this may seem like a relatively obscure hobby, he is not alone. Didier Drogba is one of the latest professional footballers to team up with a cryptocurrency-based social networking platform in an attempt to encourage his fans to follow suit. With some of football’s biggest names getting involved, the popularity of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is set to skyrocket in the coming years.
It is common knowledge that football is a game of skill but despite a number of obvious differences, the same can also be said about poker. This is one of the main reasons why a growing number of professional footballers are turning their attention to the game whilst football is in its off season. This includes participating in minor matches with fellow footballers to partaking in global online tournaments, such as the GGPoker WSOP, as German footballer Max Kruse did just a mere few months ago. To understand the sheer popularity of the game within the football world, however, it may benefit you to find out how many players are involved. In the past decade alone, Gerard Piqué, Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Totti, Ronaldo, Teddy Sheringham, Jan Vang Sørensen, Tony Cascarino, and Vikash Dhoresoo are just some of the players that have been known to share their love of football with their love of poker.
With professional footballers known for being paid one of the highest salaries of any sport, it may not come as a huge surprise that cars are another common interest amongst footballers. Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, has amassed an impressive collection during the course of his professional career so far by being spotted in a $12 million Bugatti and up to five Ferraris, just to name a few. He also reportedly owns one of the most expensive private garages at his family home in Madrid and has a particular fondness for fast cars. In addition, David Beckham has also been known to extend his love of motorcycles to cars by building a world-class collection of sports cars in recent years including a Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, and even a Hummer. By selling a number of his most prized possessions, however, it is clear he views them as a luxury investment.
With this year’s football season calming down as we approach the end of the year, a number of football fans have turned their attention to some of their favourite footballers’ surprising interests outside of football including blockchain, poker, and cars. With Hal Robson-Kanu, Didier Drogba, Max Kruse, Gerard Piqué, Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Totti, Ronaldo, Teddy Sheringham, Jan Vang Sørensen, Tony Cascarino, and Vikash Dhoresoo, and David Beckham just some of the names worth mentioning, that is only scratching the surface.