10 footballers who tried different sports including WWE stars and boxing

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For many, making it as a professional footballer is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

But for others, their natural talent meant it became little more than the day job, with ambitions to achieve success in different disciplines.

There have been a number of players that have tried their hand at different sport – to hugely varying results.

Star Sport has taken a look at ten of the most high-profile examples.

Tim Wiese

The German goalkeeper actually made the World Cup squad in 2010, but six years later, he had swapped being in nets, for being between the ropes in the WWE.

Nicknamed ‘The Machine’ Weise made his wrestling debut in 2016, but lasted only one year before returning to football with SSV Dillingen.

David James

Back in 2003, at the height of his England career, James accepted an invitation to try out for NFL giants Miami Dolphins.

"I am delighted to have been invited – it's a great opportunity to learn about more about the sport, and put myself up against some of the best athletes in the world," James said.

He was given a crash course at playing quarterback, wide receiver and kicker, before deciding it wasn’t really for him.

Petr Cech

Shortly after hanging up his gloves at Arsenal, Cech achieved a lifelong ambition by signing for Guildford Phoenix of the National Ice Hockey League.

Suitably, the Premier League legend played as a goaltender, saving two penalties in a dream debut.

Cech played six games for the Phoenix, splitting his time between that and his role as technical advisor at Chelsea.

Curtis Woodhouse

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    "I love fighting…Rather than get locked up for it, I might as well get paid for it,” he said after turning pro.

    Woodhouse finished his career in 2017, having won 24 of his 31 bouts and winning the English Super Light Title with a decision victory over Dave Ryan.

    Eric Cantona

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    Shortly after leaving Manchester United in 1997, Cantona was named captain of the French national beach soccer team, having gained an interest through his brother.

    Cantona was key to bringing a number of supporters to the sport and as manager, guided his nation to the European title and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005.

    He resigned as boss in 2011, but was subsequently named as one of the “10 legends of beach soccer” for his near 15-year association with the sport.

    Gabriel Batistuta

    One of the greatest strikers of his generation, the Argentinian made the decision to play polo at an elite level, winning the Copa Stella Artiois with the Tom Tailor team.

    “I went down like I used to throw myself about in the Roma area,” he said after a nasty fall off a horse.

    But it was his football injuries that forced him to retire from that sport, with his ankles left ravaged by a bruising career.

    Rio Ferdinand

    The United and England legend attempted to launch a boxing career in 2017, backed by bookmakers Betfair.

    However, after almost a year of training, the British Board of Boxing Control refused his application for licence, ending the ‘Defender to Contender’ series with a damp squib.

    Clive Allen

    Tottenham legend Clive Allen went one further than David James and actually signed as a professional American Football player.

    Allen signed for the London Monarchs in the now defunct NFL Europe and was handed the role as the dedicated place-kicker.

    Michael Owen

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    Owen’s love of horse racing is no secret, with the former Liverpool and Manchester United owning around 30 horses at his stables.

    He went from owner to jockey in 2017 however, turning out in the Prince's Countryside Trust charity race at Ascot.

    He would go on to finish a very respectable second place riding on Calder Prince and claimed he “had the time of his life”.

    Lee Sharpe

    Like many Premier League stars, Sharpe became obsessed with golf during his Manchester United days, much to the annoyance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The Scot didn’t like his players out on the courses, feeling it sapped the energy out of their legs. But Sharpe resented and is now trying to make his way as a pro, playing off a handicap of 1 and competing in tournaments across the United Kingdom.

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    • Nfl
    • WWE
    • Premier League
    • World Cup
    • Rio Ferdinand
    • Sir Alex Ferguson
    • London

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