Football is known as the beautiful game, the global sport. It’s no wonder, millions of young children grow up with a love for the game.
These 3 well known sportsmen came close to having careers in football but fate and their God given ability led them to success in their current fields.
3. Rafael Nadal
The tennis icon has a decorated career amassing 17 grand slam titles.
However, he so nearly opted for football as a career instead of tennis.
Nadal and his family are huge football fans and his uncle even represented Spain and FC Barcelona.
Aged 12, the Spaniard had to choose between the 2 and tennis just edged it.
2. Connor Mcgregor
The Irishman is arguably the most well-known fighter in combat sport today.
Having dominated the UFC arena for many years, Mcgregor tried his hand at boxing and challenged Floyd Mayweather in 1 of the biggest title bouts in boxing history.
He played football at an amateur level as a youngster and regularly topped the goal-scoring charts.
When he started taking MMA fighting seriously, he was forced to miss football training and some matches.
He eventually realised he had to give up football to pursue his MMA ambitions.
1. Usain Bolt
The track and field Olympic champion is renowned for dominating sprinting over the past decade.
He is the only man to win the 100m, 200m and relay in 3 consecutive Olympic Games.
Bolt is a big Manchester United fan and has long had ambitions of making it in the world of football.
The sprint king retired aged 31 and pursued his dreams through trials at various football clubs, including Borussia Dortmund in Germany and East Coast Mariners in Australia.
He seemed to excel in Australia, scoring a brace in his first match for the Mariners.
However, he lacks the technique and sharpness a regular football player has.
Although his pace would be a huge asset, he lacks the required stamina, passing and tackling ability.
Who knows, perhaps Bolt will come out of retirement and thrill the Olympic world again.
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