Mourinho against Everton
Mourinho against Everton

You can’t help but compare the personalities and success of José Mourinho and Phil Ivey despite both professionals coming from completely different cultures, backgrounds and sports. If you are an admirer of successful people, then these two personalities are no doubt on your list of individuals that are inspirational figures.

In poker and football you need that air of confidence around you at all times. It seems to be a prerequisite in order to be at the top of your game. Ryan Riess showed the same character when he won the recent World Series of Poker 2013 Main Event netting $8,361,570 at just 23 years of age. His confidence caused somewhat of a poker outburst from other players for his claiming to be the best in the world.

Jose Mourinho is also a professional in his field who has been outspoken on many an occasion when referring to his team, other managers, and the owner of his club. However, as Riess hasn’t been around long enough for us to say his so called arrogance is justified, Phil Ivey is probably the best character to compare versus the current Chelsea manager.

Ivey is a pioneer of poker and Mourinho is a pioneer of football. They are both respected characters in their field of expertise who have in the past had a lot to say. Their influence on the games they are experts in have been followed and admired by millions around the world. Mourinho is by far the more well-known of the two due to football’s worldwide coverage, but let’s take a step back and look at what Phil Ivey would do if he was a football manager.

Ivey has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour title. Mourinho has won seven league titles around the world. Two in England, two in Portugal, one in Spain, and two in Italy. Ivey has ten titles to Mourinho’s seven, but arguably in a year Ivey does have more opportunity to win titles than Mourinho. Either way there is no denying that these two talents have raked in millions in earnings and still remain at the top of their game.

We could add that Mourinho has won two UEFA Champion’s League medals on top of his league titles, plus an array of cup honours including the FA cup, League Cup, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and more.

Swap either of these two players around under different circumstances and their aptitudes for stats and outsmarting their opponents cannot be questioned. Maybe Mourinho could start learning to play free poker after he has finished with football and swap the Chelsea blue for the blue felts of the poker tables and come head to head to Ivey in the future.