The life of a footballer is one that many of us dream of and the ability required to reach the top of the sport is unbelievable. Here, we take a look at Chelsea players past and present that possessed more than just a football talent.
He might be one of the most exciting midfield players in the Premier League but the Brazilian international also has a huge interest in playing poker during his spare time. Earlier this year, Oscar posted a photo on his Instagram account showing him celebrating with a trophy that he had won from a poker tournament with the text “Champion Emboaba poker !! #campeaodopoker”. With other celebrities including sports stars and actors playing the game, the UK market for online poker is booming, thanks to Oscar and others!
Fans of the creative midfielder will now be keen to see him enter heads up action with his international team mate and Barcelona star Neymar who was recently signed up as an ambassador for online poker site PokerStars.
Midfield dynamo Fabregas seems to have been around forever since making his debut for Arsenal and then moving to Barcelona before making a return to the Premier League with Chelsea last summer. The Spanish international is most renowned for winning the World Cup and European Championship with his national side but he offers a bit more than his footballing nous.
Fabregas has a talent as a television presenter. In 2008, he fronted his own television show sponsored by Nike called The Cesc Fabregas Show: Nike Live that was shown on Sky Sports. The show involved Fabregas interviewing a number of guests and performing some comedy sketches with famous names from the celebrity world such as comedian Matt Lucas and footballer Nicklas Bendtner.
The gigantic Belgian shot stopper has been a revelation since he started appearing in the Chelsea first team after a spell on loan with Spanish club Atletico Madrid. However, his career as a footballer almost never came to fruition in the first place.
It is a little known fact that Courtois hails from a strong volleyball family. His parents were volleyball players and his sister, Valerie Courtois, has represented Belgium at international level in the sports. Courtois himself played volleyball until the age of 12 when he decided to focus on football. He still attributes his goalkeeping skills to his earlier experiences playing volleyball.
He might have just moved from Chelsea to title rivals Arsenal but Cech will long be remembered fondly for his role in the club’s accomplishments over the past decade. Like Courtois, it could have been a very different career for Cech.
The Czech Republic international keeper is a music enthusiast and is a very competent drummer. He regularly posts videos of him performing on the drums to songs such as Have a Nice Day by Stereophonics and Best of You by Foo Fighters. His rendition of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger gained a particularly large amount of attention.
The big Irish striker played for Chelsea between 1992 and 1994. He scored 8 goals for the club in 40 appearances and represented the Republic of Ireland 88 times scoring 19 goals for his country. Cascarino retired in 2000 and after a brief spell as a football pundit he competed on the European poker circuit.
He finished 14th at the London leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT) back in 2007 winning £22,423 in the process. Just a year later he prevailed as the winner at the Bolton event for the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) taking home £52,850. He then finished 6th in the GUKPT Grand Final earning a further £27,600. This proved to be a dress rehearsal when he went one step better and won the 2009 GUKPT taking down £168,800.
Footballers sometimes carry an unfair reputation of not being the sharpest tools in the box but record-breaking former player Frank Lampard nullified those claims by scoring an exceptionally high IQ score when he performed the test during his time at Chelsea.
Lampard reportedly scored an impressive 150 when he did the IQ test and the company that carried out the test claimed it was one of the highest scores they had ever recorded. The fact he also has a Latin GCSE shows that there is more than just a good pair of feet behind the goal scoring midfielder.
He might be remembered as one of the biggest transfer flops in Premier League history after his incredible £50 million transfer from Liverpool but Fernando Torres has more strings to his bow than just the ability to hit the back of the net.
Torres has built a CV for appearing as an actor in a number of music videos and film productions. He has a role in the music video for the song “Ya nada volverá a ser como antes” by Spanish rock band El Canto del Loco. He also has an acting credit for the 2005 comedy movie Torrente 3: El Protector.
The World Cup-winning French centre back won the FA Cup twice during his tenure with the club and will go down as one of the best defenders in his nation’s history. He made over 200 appearances for Chelsea and scored over 20 goals in a prolific career.
After he retired, Leboeuf decided to enter into an acting career after stating that was always his first passion. He spent two years living in Los Angeles and playing for Hollywood United where he became friends with fellow footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones. Leboeuf has since had roles in movies such as Talking Sides and the Oscar-nominated The Theory of Everything.