We all love to take a spin on a roulette wheel while hoping for a big win. Funny enough, we’re not the only ones who love to win big. Several famous footballers including some of our favourite football idols also love to try their luck on online casino games.
And contrary to what you might think, these popular footballers don’t just play for the thrills and excitement, they also play to win as they do on the pitch. Whether it is on online casino slots or blackjack in a brick and mortar casino, these players love to wager.
Here are popular footballers that love gambling:
Renowned for his incredible scoring skills, this 5-time Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t just game on the pitch but also in casinos. Fortunately, Cristiano Ronaldo is exceptionally skilled at playing poker as he is at winning football trophies.
While football and poker might seem entirely different, they share a lot in common. Both games require determination, focus, and skill which is why it is not hard to see the Portuguese player become so successful at playing poker. You may not see him in the casino very often, Ronaldo does spend a good amount of time playing poker. In fact, the football star refers to poker as his favourite game.
He has gamed against famous professional poker player, Patrick Antonius a number of times and featured in several poker-related commercials
Though he hasn’t secured as many Ballons d’Or trophies, Neymar still ranks as one of the best and most successful strikers of all time. He has netted more than 300 goals for both club and country but that’s not all Neymar is good at. Whenever he is not on the pitch scoring goals or watching basketball, Neymar can be found playing poker with his friends.
Neymar is one of the few players vocal about his love for gambling. He has shared several photos on his social media pages while playing poker with his friends. He is also a familiar sight at popular online casino rooms and has gone as far as participating in the European Poker Tour in 2015. Apparently, he is quite a good gambler as he is a footballer.
Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon
One of Italian football’s greatest legends, Gigi Buffon is another well-known lover of poker. Like most Italians, the acclaimed Italian goalkeeper does spend a good amount of his leisure time making wagers and applying his skills to make huge wins. He has gone as far as starring in various poker adverts and signed as an ambassador of PokerStars, an online Poker website.
His interest for poker might have gotten him in trouble when he was investigated for illegal gambling allegations in 2006, and then again in 2012. Fortunately, he was found innocent and the charges were dropped.
Famed as one of the greatest players of all time, Diego Maradona has not only achieved success in the field but also on casino betting. The football legend is a familiar face in casinos, as a matter of fact, he was once reported for operating an illegal casino in Buenos Aires.
Maradona’s interests are in casino card games though he randomly takes a spin on the roulette wheel once in a while. He is one of the few footballers that play casino games for money rather than the thrills and excitement that comes with it.
Though not much is known about his current stance on gambling, the Italian striker was once an impressive gambler. In 2011, he raked in wins of over £25,000 at Manchester235 Casino in Manchester, most of it on the roulette table.