Footballers are naturally talented athletes, so it is unsurprising that a number of individuals nearly made it big in other sports. No matter the sport, athletes need self-discipline and a strong work ethic to succeed, and due to the physical nature of most sports, skill sets often overlap, such as with rugby and football.
Every footballer on this list showed promise in other sports. However, the lure of playing football professionally was ultimately the deciding factor. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to speculate on what it would be like to see our favorite footballers playing in different sports, and here are five players who could have made it big in other sports.
#5 Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is a natural athlete who has used his power and pace to become one of the best forwards in the world. Power and speed also happen to be two skills that are highly sought after in Rugby, and as a teenager, the Welshman seriously considered pursuing a career in the sport instead of football.
The Real Madrid man also competed in Hockey and Athletics. However, when the time came to seriously focus on one sport, football ultimately won. It is fair to say that this was the right decision, as Bale has firmly established himself as one of the most feared forwards in the world.
#4 Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott is the same age as Gareth Bale and the pair came through the same academy at Southampton. This is also not where the similarities end, as Walcott was widely known for his incredible pace.
The ex-England international is one of the fastest players the Premier League has ever seen, and it is widely believed that Walcott could have had a career in athletics. Walcott himself has stated that he can run 100 meters in just 10.3 seconds, and this begs the question of how fast the 29-year-old could have run with years of technique training.