Professional footballers are not only playing on their green fields, but they’ve resorted to the poker felts once they hang up their studs. Here’s a look at professional footballers that turned poker pros during or after their careers.
Football career: Guided his national team to the World Cup Semi-Finals, played for Parma in Italy’s Serie A.
Turning point: Injuries lead to a premature end to his career
Poker career: Took to the felts since 2006, played in the 2007 world series of poker and has taken part in the European Poker Tour.
Football career: A product of Barça’s cantera, La Masia, he left the club for Manchester United in 2004, where he remained for four years. He returned to Barça and helped the club win trebles in 2008–09 and 2014–15. He is one of four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams.
Poker career: Took home $56,000 in the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour, faired well in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Football career: Needs no introduction. Arguably, the greatest finisher the game has ever seen.
Poker career: He is most renowned success at the poker table came from an event in the Bahamas where he managed to win $42,180.
Jan Vang Sorensen
Football career: Sorensen might not be the most popular professional footballer, but he definitely tops the list for the prolific poker careers of any ex-football player.
Turning point: His playing days were unfortunately cut short by a serious knee injury at the age of 30
Poker career: He carved out a solid career for himself off the fields. He has two WSOP bracelets to his name; the first coming from the 2002 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha, the second in the 2005 $5,000 Seven Card Stud events, one final table finish on the World Poker Tour, and one money finish on the European Poker Tour. His estimated poker career earning stands at $2 million.
Football career: The former England international striker is revered as one of the most complete front men in Premier League history. The three-times Premier League and one-time Champions League winner scored 288 goals during his prestigious career.
Poker career: If that’s not enough to his name, Sheringham retired from professional football in 2008 and has become a prominent figure on the poker circuit. His best was his final table finish in the €5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event in the EPT Vilamoura earning him €93,121. His estimated winnings through poker are nearly €300,000.
Football career: The former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino played 629 club games and made 88 appearances for the national side scoring 19 goals in the process.
Poker career: Tony hit the poker felts since his retirement from football. His best comes from the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour where he took home $293,000. His total earnings through poker are estimated over $589,000.
Football career: Former Real Madrid striker Rincon appeared at the 1986 World Cup and scored 10 goals in his 22 international caps.
Poker career: He has arguably become just as famous in his homeland for his skills at the poker table as he was for his skills with a football. He reached money finishes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Estrellas Poker Tour.
The final entrant on this list might probably be the least known professional footballer but the most renowned poker player! The Israeli poker pro has earned $2.6 million in career earnings playing poker live. This includes multiple cash finishes at the World Series of Poker and on the World Poker Tour.