Professional footballers have spent the majority of their lives focused on mastering their art but, away from the beautiful game, which other sports do they take an interest in?
The official Chelsea website continues to survey the squad to get a brief insight into their other sporting passions…
‘Other than football I would probably say athletics is the other sport I try to keep an eye on. When I was at school football was by far and away the most popular sport; we didn’t really play rugby or cricket but we did a bit of athletics so that’s probably why I like it.
‘I enjoy watching the sprints more than anything else, particularly the 100 metres and 400 metres as they are the explosive races. I wasn’t lucky enough to get any tickets for the Olympics but I watched quite a bit of it on the television and really enjoyed it. I usually try to make the effort to watch the big events.’
London 2012 was a resounding success and brought the feel-good factor to the whole of the UK last summer. The 100 metre sprint was won by Usain Bolt [pictured below], who broke the world record with a stunning 9.63-second race. The 400 metres, meanwhile, was won by Grenada’s Kirani James.
‘Basketball is my other favourite sport. I don’t play, I watch it on TV, the NBA, and I love it.
‘It is a very good sport to watch and the NBA is the best I know. The New York Knicks – Carmelo Anthony – the best! I have watched it live too, in the O2 Arena last season. It was perfect and I loved it, but I have never seen it in America. I hope one time I will.
‘I tried to play myself but I am no good, definitely no good. I play football!’
Carmelo Anthony has been an integral part of the New York Knicks’ team since moving there in 2011 from Denver Nuggets. He has been named in the NBA all-star team on six occasions, while in 2009 he helped the Nuggets reach the Conference finals for the first time since 1985.
Anthony won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. On August 2, 2012, he broke the United States men’s Olympic team’s record for most points in a single game when he scored 37 points against Nigeria.