While some professional soccer players live and breathe the sport they’ve been successful in – others like to unwind with hobbies that don’t seem more different.
With bingo players around the world having a common interest with Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo, chicken farmers have at least one thing in common with former Liverpool player Joe Allen.
Our list proves that not all celebrity footballers will spend their days trying to boost their athletic abilities, while others can find time to unwind while still being on top of their game.
Ronaldo and Allen joined Daily Star Sport The list of unexpected hobbies that some of the most famous faces in the game keep, as one former Premier League winner loves all things Star Wars.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Bingo
Manchester United and Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted during his first spell at the club that he found the hobby of matching numbers particularly exhilarating.
In 2008, Ronaldo said of his love of chance: “Playing bingo can be very exciting.
“It can be very exciting because you can wait a long time to get just one number to complete the game.
“Then you see one of your friends you’re playing against gets a lucky number in front of you.”
Petr Cech – drums
Petr Cech, the former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper, got millions of views on YouTube on clips of him drumming that were posted towards the end of his career.
“I have to admit that in my bag I always carry a pair of drumsticks because you never know where to find the time to do some,” he told Arsenal’s official website in 2018.
Before I add: “I started playing when I was about 30. In fact, I bought a drum set in March 2011. That was when I started. Since then I’ve been playing drums.”
Joe Allen – Chicken
Joe Allen appeared on the front of the spring issue of Chicken & Egg magazine during his time in Liverpool in 2016, after his partner chose to bring commercial chickens home.
“Lassey was behind the decision,” said the Wales midfielder.
“We are both interested in animal welfare but she came up with the idea to save the chickens and agreed that it would be a great thing to do.
“We didn’t have any chickens raised but we wanted to help the chickens after they ended their trading life. I would be lying if I said I cleaned up… Once it was time to clean the coops, I disappear!”
David Beckham – Duel
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Will Smith of all people leaked David Beckham’s hobby to the press in 2008, telling at 3 a.m. that Tom Cruise had gotten the pair into sports after showing them his training room.
“Tom has a practice room,” Smith said. “We don’t have time to hang out, we’re only three guys, so that’s his way of getting together and bonding.
“David and I go to his house and just joust. It’s so much fun. We wanted an activity that was hard, but we’re getting older – we should think about slowing down.”
Gabriel Batistuta – Polo
After the end of his football career in 2005, the legendary former Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta cemented his love for playing polo.
“It’s very difficult, but I hope to improve a little bit each time,” Batistuta told Argentine TV in 2009 after his debut.
“I’m a little upset because I didn’t play well, but I’ll keep trying.”
Moritz Falls – Bread
Former Fulham defender Moritz Falls, who unbelievably scored the 15,000th goal in Premier League history to take the 15,000 Falls title, has a huge passion for baking.
He said during his time in London: “When we played for big clubs like Arsenal or Manchester United, I made a banana biscuit and sprinkled green tea.
“If we were playing against more powerful teams like Blackburn Rovers, I would have made something a lot heavier, like carrot cake with nuts.”
Michael Owen – Jigsaws
Michael Owen, who once said he’s only seen eight movies in his life, is known to have spent hours solving incredibly complex jigsaw puzzles.
Through a Twitter post that showed a 1,000-piece horse puzzle in 2011, Owen said he was about to embark on the biggest challenge of his life “despite his long football career.
After he later announced that he was only able to connect four pieces and find edges, this particular hobby may not have lasted.
Wayne Bridge – Star Wars
Last on the list is the former defender of Chelsea, Manchester City and England Wayne Bridge, who has made no secret of his love for everything Star Wars.
Once on the official Chelsea show dressed as a Stormtrooper, wife Frankie Bridge shared a photo of him with a cake showing a resemblance to the same fictional soldier on a recent birthday.
After posing in his full-size costume again for today’s game: The Official 2008 Annual, Bridge said, “I just love the costume and have always wanted to go to a masquerade as a Stormtrooper, I think I will. You look good performing for the guy running the dance floor” .