It’s a fairly interesting thing to know that some of the best football players of the world are also very good at playing poker. In fact, some of these players play poker professionally in their retirement, whilst others indulge in both simultaneously.
Hence it can be safely said that the dumb tag that footballers are often given is absolutely wrong. How else can you explain such a long list of existing and ex-professional football players not just taking part, but excelling at poker, that too on a fairly high level? Poker is no easy game to play!
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Let’s now acquaint you with some of these footballers who happen to be excellent poker players as well.
Are you aware that apart from his outstanding performances on the football field, Cristiano Ronaldo endorses many popular online poker rooms too? Poker is one game that he has excelled at apart from soccer.
The Portuguese star actively promotes some of the best poker events and tournaments in different parts of the world. Who’d have thought that this busy footballer would still have time to indulge in off-the-field activities, and that too related to poker!?
Who doesn’t know Neymar Jr, the record transfer player to PSG and one who hails from the land of football – Brazil? This footballer also doubles as an ambassador for popular online poker rooms.
Apart from having played for reputed football clubs like Barcelona, he enjoys playing poker whenever he has time in between the matches. He recently played online poker after PSG sealed the Ligue 1 title, with a nice 7-1 Monaco thrashing.
Not only does he play poker, he’s also very good at it. Going by the reports, he had once cashed out € 17,810 from a poker game, which is no mean feat. He won that amount courtesy a dealt Royal Flush, which he banked upon beautifully.
Not many people know that Gerard Pique is good at both defending skills as well as poker play. The popular Barcelona defender doesn’t just exhibit his skills on the football field, he knows how to defend his chips too on a poker table. You can see him visiting the EPT Barcelona on a regular basis, and going by what his fellow players have to say, he wins quite frequently. Poker seems like a promising field for him after he has retired from football.
Another footballer who has immense love for poker, Andriy Shevchenko, unlike his peers, cannot be seen at poker competitions or events. The ex-Ukrainian footballer made it pretty clear that although he thoroughly enjoys playing this card game, he prefers not to gamble when indulging in it. Rather, he likes playing poker with his friends and family members. However, Shevchenko once participated in a poker charity event alongside big names like Daniel Negreanu, Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal.
Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11
The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.
The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.
Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975.
Boxing Greats published by KickarseCards, a compilation of boxing icons in history.
Race-Cardo published by C.W. Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1925.
Pocket Size Bowling card game by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.
Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s.
Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975.
Card Golf published by Pepys Games, c.1960.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Olympia Sport Quartett designed by Siegfried Riediger, 1953.
Fox & Hounds card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1899.
International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947.
“Piktee” or League Championship published by Roberts Brothers, 1938.
Goal! (1st edition) published by Pepys games, 1960.
It’s a Goal was registered to Castell Bros in July 1939.
BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Penalty was invented by Ernesto Scola of Milan and published in the UK by Pepys in the 1960s
Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.
Kargo or Card Golf published by Kum-Bak Sports Toys & Games, c.1930.
Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958.
Les Sports quartet game designed by Paul Ordner, c.1960.
Volleyball European Championship Rummy, 1983, designed by Klaus Hennig.
Uback horse racing game patent specification, Chad Valley Co Ltd, 1922.
“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000
World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.
Armchair Cricket by ex-professional County Cricket player Don Arnold was first marketed by Norfolk House Enterprises in 1983.
Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981
Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016
‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.
90 Minutes Playing Cards by IPC Magazines 1993.
Derby Day race game published by Parker Games’ English subsidiary at Ivy Lane, London, from 1908 to around 1920.
“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976.
“D’Ye Ken John Peel” by Greta Games, Carlisle, c.1920.
‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002
100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.
Kargo golf card game manufactured by Castell Brothers Ltd for Pepys Games, c.1936.