In the modern world, where everything is one click away from you, it is not uncommon that football players are trying to find a way to kill their boringness. While some are playing golf, some are fishing and some of them like to gamble. Through this article, we are going to provide a list of top 5 players who like gambling.
5. Martin Demichelis
Martin Demichelis is for sure one of the best center backs Manchester City ever had. He played an important role in the winning of English Premier League title in the season 2013 – 2014. Argentinian had serious results even before his Premier League appearance. He won 2 Argentinian national league title with River Plate where he played between 2000 and 2003. After those results, Bayern Munich has spotted him. Demichelis played for FC Bayern Munich from 2003 until 2010 and won 4 Bundesliga titles with them.
It is less known that Demichelis has a passion for betting, and through his knee injury in 2004 he was gambling regularly. Demichelis was interviewed several times by Bookies for the “insider tips” sections.
4. David Beckham
David Beckham is known as a great midfielder. But, he is also a marketing magician. His first marketing contract was with Pepsi, one of the most known ads ever. It can’t be a coincidence that David Beckham signed for LA Galaxy as he decided to say goodbye to a serious football career. In the paradise of LA, Beckham signed contracts with two big casinos to promote their activity. For return, Beckham enjoys a VIP status at their casinos and has rooms for meeting with his fans, as well as roulette and poker rooms just for himself. Beckham won 6 EPL titles with United, League 1 with PSG and La Liga with Real Madrid. He also won the UEFA Champions League in the season 1998 / 1999 with Manchester United.
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3. Wayne Rooney
Although Wayne Rooney started his career in FC Everton and being declared as FC Everton fan he is known primarily as Manchester United’s striker. Rooney spent 13 seasons playing for the “Red Devils”. During those 13 seasons, Wayne had 559 appearances with amazing 253 goals scored. Five Premier League titles speak enough about his quality. He also managed to win UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in the 2007 / 2008 season.
After winning the UEFA Europa League in 2016 / 2017 season Wayne decided to sign for his first love, FC Everton. Wayne loves to enjoy his life. It is known that he has been drinking a few beers more in the past, but it is almost unknown that his passion is football betting. He also loves to play poker, there have been some rumours that PokerStars are interested in signing him for promotional purposes.
2. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
Before the duel of Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi and their battle for GOAT title, there were two Brazilian players known to their scoring and ball-handling skills. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were so fun to watch during the ’90s and in the early ’00s. Football was not so tactically perfect like today and it wasn’t strange for Ronaldo to avoid 5 or 6 defenders and score a goal.
In today’s football, he would probably be fouled at the half-court whenever there is a free space ahead. An interesting thing is that although Ronaldo was a top scorer in many seasons through his career, he won only 3 national championships with the clubs he played for. 53 individual honours speak about his greatness. Ronaldo decided to finish his career due to health problems in 2014. After that, he used his marketing ability to find the job immediately. He is signed by PokerStars.net as their ambassador. Ronaldo managed to combine his love to poker with the job and it is the perfect example of a smart football player.
1. Gianluigi Buffon
One of the greatest goalkeepers of the world, Gianluigi Buffon is ranked no# 1 at our list of football players who love gambling. Although Gianluigi is not known as someone who is betting seriously, his career forced us to place him at the top of the list. Gigi, the walking legend of Juventus won 10 titles in the national championship with them, 9 Serie A titles and one Serie B title.
Gigi also won FIFA World Cup in 2006 and the only title in his career that he missed is UEFA Champions League. He was very close several times but never won it. Many football lovers felt betrayed when Juventus decided to sell Gigi to PSG in season 2018 / 2019. Gianluigi won National League 1 with them but lost in Semi-final of Champions League. It would be really sad that champion like Gigi is finished his career without the biggest club trophy.
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