Football can be exciting, as players are bound to feel a surge of adrenaline when they score a goal or help lead their team to victory. However, there are some footballers who love to embrace other sports and games when they are off the pitch, which can help them to relax and unwind after a tough match. Here are the famous football players who love a flutter.
Dietmar Hamann was reportedly partial to the odd casino game during his career as a Liverpool FC midfielder. He often enjoyed playing various slot machines and betting on cricket games, which he spoke about in his autobiography, The Didi Man. However, the former German international did state he tended to wager more than necessary and that he eventually learned to bet an amount he could afford to lose.
One world-famous footballer who enjoys the atmosphere of a casino is Wayne Rooney. The former England international happily celebrated a game against FC Rostov at a Manchester casino back in 2017, as he reportedly spent an incredible £500,000 on roulette and blackjack tables when playing for Manchester United FC.
It is, of course, unsurprising that Rooney was happy to play many rounds of blackjack, as the popular table game is steeped in history and has also become widespread online due to the many online suppliers offering various versions for players to try.
After enjoying a rather successful career as a midfielder at the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, David Beckham shown a great interest in various games. While the figure he has spent is unknown, he reportedly frequented many of Las Vegas’s finest casinos to make big bets.
In fact, he loved the pastime so much that he has appeared in advertisements for Singapore and Macau casinos, with the aim of increasing tourism to the cities due to his international fame and love for casinos.
One football player who has been rather vocal about his love of betting is Michael Owen. The former Liverpool FC and Manchester United striker once said, “I still enjoy the buzz of backing a winner”, and stated he places an average of two or three bets on horse racing each day. However, he did express it used to be much more before he had a family.
The former footballer, who hails from Chester, England, even owns a few racehorses himself, including Brown Panther who won the Goodwood Cup in 2013 and the Dubai Gold Cup in 2015. The England international’s pride and joy has also enjoyed high profile wins at the Irish St Ledger and the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.
When Neymar isn’t scoring superb goals for PSG, he is often seen at various major poker events. In fact, the talented Brazilian finished sixth out of 280 people at a tournament in 2018, which proves he could probably turn the hobby into a career if he ever chose to hang up his football boots. When he wasn’t donning his poker face, the football superstar was more than happy to pose for photographs with fans and sign autographs in between poker hands.
Gianluigi Buffon is arguably one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, having blocked multiple attempts from some of the most talented footballers in the sport. However, he is interested in more than just football when off the pitch.
It is likely Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon had much to talk about in the locker room, as the PSG goalkeeper is also rather fond of a card game or two and is often seen at major international events.
So, the same way Jamie Redknapp loves a round of golf and Joe Hart enjoys playing cricket in their spare time, there are some footballers who would rather spend their days enjoying a flutter or even investing in the industry.s