The Secret Talents of Professional Footballers
It’s believed that everyone has a secret talent. Maybe it’s a party trick, or something more serious, like a hobby that you’re passionate about.
In the case of some professional footballers, having one famous talent isn’t enough. They also have a secret skill; something that fewer people know about, but is pretty impressive all the same.
Whether it’s a singing goalkeeper or a defender tricking you with his cards, the world of football is full of weird and wonderful talent. Here’s a look at some of them.
David Luiz – Magic
While David Luiz has often vanished when he was supposed to be defending a goal, he also likes to make objects disappear in his role as a master of the magic arts.
He certainly had a trick up his sleeve for his Chelsea teammates in 2016, performing a magic routine in their club dressing room before a game, and it’s something that he likes to practice after training every day.
Fans at his latest club Arsenal will be hoping he can translate that magic to the pitch as they chase silverware in the English Premier League.
Juan Mata – Piano
As a skilful attacking midfielder, Juan Mata is known to have twinkle toes – so it maybe shouldn’t be a surprise that he has twinkle fingers, too.
Walking past a piano at his team’s hotel recently, he couldn’t resist serenading his team mates with a perfect rendition of ‘Flea Waltz’ recently.
With Mata close to the football retirement age, could he be about to start a new career after he hangs up his boots?
Hal Robson-Kanu – Cryptocurrency entrepreneur
Cryptocurrencies dominate the headlines today, and they are predicted to be the payment systems of the future. Back in 2014, not many people saw the potential in them, but Hal Robson-Kanu was busy studying the Bitcoin White Paper and being an active member of the blockchain community.
Amazed by how the coin had increased in value to $40, the Welsh international footballer jumped on board and is now reaping the benefits of a currency that can now be widely used, whether it be internet shopping or sports betting.
In a recent interview with a UK newspaper, he spoke about his excitement about the technology, calling it ‘the future’. If he’s right, and cryptocurrencies continue with their recent trajectory, then a rich footballer could get a lot richer.
Gerard Pique – Poker Player
The Barcelona captain is used to success – he’s won many tournaments with his club team, as well as the World Cup with Spain. But not many people expected him to win much when he turned up to a poker event in Barcelona with team-mate Arturo Vidal in 2019.
While we often hear stories of footballers losing tons of money in casinos, Pique is an exception. Instead of playing casino games in which you’re bound to lose sooner or later, he walked away from the poker tournament with just over 350,000 euros after proving that his skills were not just limited to a field. Vidal wasn’t far behind him, which meant the pair won almost half a million between them.
Some people might wonder why a millionaire footballer needs to win such a large amount of money, but Pique does do a lot of work for charity – he and wife Shakira recently held a charity baby shower for UNICEF.
Daniel Agger – Tattoo Artist
If there are any Liverpool fans that doubt Daniel Agger’s love for their club, then they should check out his tattoos. The former footballer has Y.N.W.A etched onto the knuckles of his right hand – standing for You’ll Never Walk Alone, the club’s anthem.
Agger has also dedicated his back to ink – covering himself with a variety of tattoos, many of which depict vikings as a tribute to his Scandinavian heritage.
It’s a passion he loves so much that he’s now a qualified tattoo artist. Let’s hope he’s as steady with his hands as he was with his feet.
Petr Cech – Drums
The former Chelsea goalkeeper has swapped keeping clean sheets to keeping beats for a hobby since his retirement.
He has quite a talent for it, too. His YouTube page has him banging out some high-quality covers of songs from bands such as Coldplay and the Foo Fighters. He also teamed up with Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer, to release a charity single called ‘That’s Football’, and even played at a music festival in his native Czech Republic.
Fans of football and rock music should Czech out his stuff if they want to see him combine the best of both worlds.
So, next time you think of a pro footballer as a shallow millionaire lounging around in his luxury mansion, just think: he might be practicing magic tricks at home or etching a tattoo for a couple of hundred euros!