In honor of the World Cup & USA victory/tie last night, here are our five favorite “footballers” who went on to star in feature films or on TV.
1. Vinnie Jones
Played For: Leeds United, Wimbledon, QPR, Chelsea
Famous Work: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Our Conclusion: Vinnie Jones is one of our favorite diamond in the rough, bad-boy actors around, and we cannot be more overjoyed that he came over to the dark side (we have cookies on all of our film sets. I really don’t think you get that luxury on the pitch.)
2. Matt Smith
Played For: Youth Leagues in Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest, and Leicester City.
Famous Work: Doctor Who (2010-2013)
Our Conclusion: Matt Smith had a lot of disdain for the acting world until a serious knee injury put him out of commission when he was a teenager. All we can say is that (while we would never wish a knee injury on anyone) we’re really happy that fate put him on the path to being the 11th doctor.
3. Chef Gordon Ramsay
Played For: Youth Leagues Warwickshire and Rangers.
Famous Work: Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (2007-present), Hell’s Kitchen (2005-present), The F Word (2005-present), and more
Our Conclusion: Gordon Ramsay is a chef and personality that this world could not do without, but wouldn’t it be good for him to continue to have something like soccer in his life just to get some of the aggression out…?
4. David Beckham
Played For: Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, the England national team, and more.
Famous Work: The Goal Trilogy (but only the first two).
Our Conclusion: There’s no denying David Beckham is the #1 soccer star who’s been in the spotlight over the past decade. But we think he should stick to raising his kids and sticking those cleats into the grass.
5. Eric Cantona
Played For: Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux,Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United, Manchester United, and the French National Team.
Famous Work: Looking for Eric (2009), French Film (2008), as well as many actually French films.
Our Conclusion: Now, at the ripe age of 48, we’re hoping Eric is taking his arthritis meds. Kididng! Kinda… but really, we appreciate multi-tasking & multi-talented people over here at ClaimFame. So, we’re not hating on you Eric. Congrats on being an international man of many talents!