From the Football Pitch to the Poker Table
It might come as quite the revelation to some football fans that some of the most talented football players in the world are also avid players of the world-renowned game of poker. Some football players enjoy the odd game of poker while others have taken it up on a professional level. It’s also a favourite pastime for some retirees from the game.
The world-renowned football star Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys the title of ambassador for popular online poker rooms. When he’s not playing on the field, he is busy promoting PokerStars tournaments and other poker events.
The successful Brazilian football player Neymar Jr. is another famous figure who has the game of poker close to his heart. In fact, he has admitted to playing the odd game of poker whenever he has some free time on his hands. Neymar is modest, as he is quite a successful and smart player of poker, with a noted huge payout of €17,810 at a game of Royal Flush, which is a game notoriously tricky to win big in.
Brazilian former football star Ronaldo has also enjoyed some serious success in poker tournaments. In 2015, he broke the existing record for a sports player when he won almost £30,000 at a competition in the Bahamas. The record had previously belonged to the Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia.
It should come as little surprise that athletes enjoy poker in their downtime, or after they have finished their sports career. Football players are naturally competitive, so poker is an obvious choice when it comes to leisure activities. Both football and poker are games which require mental agility, fast decision-making and forward thinking. They are also comparable in terms of profile, both games being extremely popular and the height of cool.
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