Some people do not know that some famous soccer players, not only adept at dribbling with his feet. Yes, they turned out to be good and agile when playing basketball with their hands and throwing them into the ring. Not just playing, they even sometimes involved in exhibition games in the basketball stadium.
No doubt, they showed their interest in basketball by watching NBA games, whether watching coming to the field or on television.
Do you already know? That Arda Turan is one of the soccer players who like basketball. He is a Barcelona star who is famous for having shown his skills during the All-Star League basketball in Turkey. And in that match, Turan scored three points.
Besides Turan, 4 other football players are also interested and love basketball. Do you know who they are? Come on, let’s look at the 4 players according to the information we circled from Sokka.
Thibaut Courtois is a Chelsea goalkeeper who showed his skill in playing basketball when Chelsea visited the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team last summer. There, the Belgian keeper showed off his ability to slam dunk. The watching also cheered and clapped.
Courtois also occasionally watches NBA games. One of those he watched in person was the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers matches. During the visit, many felt that Courtois was better suited to playing basketball than soccer.
Lukaku’s love for basketball was only discovered this summer. The Everton striker uploaded a photo of him who was in a duel with Paul Pogba.
The duel took place while both were on vacation after the 2016 European Cup. In the video, Lukaku and Pogba were involved in a fierce duel. Both of them competed shirtless in the hot sun.
As a player born in the United States, it feels even strange if Tim Howard does not like basketball. In fact, the former Everton keeper did indeed pursue basketball before becoming a professional soccer player.
“I have played basketball for as long as I can remember. It is an easy sport, and you need to jump and ball. I still do it in my yard,” said Howard, who now plays for Colorado Rapids as reported by the Daily Mail.
“I might have played basketball in college, but football took over my interest. My dream, when I was little, was to become Michael Jordan,” Howard added.
Drogba is one of the players who are quite routinely seen watching NBA matches. An example is when the Toronto Raptors v. Orlando Magic match, last January 2016.
In that match, too, Drogba had shown his ability to dribble and shoot. Long before that, Drogba even participated in an NBA campaign titled Take to the Courts in 2009.