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Footballers Who Gamble

With the recent news of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique being at a casino just 48 hours before their Champions League fixture, the Fan Park has decided to take a look at a few professional footballers who’ve struggled with gambling.

The abovementioned trio may have not been trying their luck on the tables, but the following players did it regularly:

David Bentley

With an expensive surname, the former Arsenal, Tottenham and Blackburn player had an even more expensive habit. His gambling addiction started by placing bets as a young boy of just 14-years-old, and it wasn’t long after that when it became a full-blown addiction. He admitted that it would be the first thought in his head after waking up in the morning.

Andros Townsend

The Tottenham man was yanked from the England U21 team in 2013 for breaching betting regulations, but has since undergone rehabilitation for his problem. His addiction was unknown to his close friends and family, but we’re happy that the left-footer received the appropriate help.

Dietmar Hamann

The former Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester City player played top flight football for 11 years, and he is one of the gambling players who could never keep his issue a secret. News broke that the German midfielder once nearly lost up to £300,000 in a single day after betting on a cricket match.

Matthew Etherington

Once a hot prospect in English football, it’s been said that the left-winger suffered from an intense gambling problem, before receiving help at a clinic started by Tony Adams – who also had several off-field issues himself. When he was at Spurs, the club gave him £300,000 to recover and get himself out of debt.

David James

The former England international was forced to sell off almost all of his property after his problems became hard to escape. He sold football shirts that he collected after games – such as Lampard and Petr Cech, and filed for bankruptcy in May last year. We hope James recovers!

What do you think drives these wealthy footballers to blow their money by gambling? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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