Today we are going to meet these footballers who have a real passion for the casino. Seeking the same adrenaline as that felt on the green rectangle, some soccer players are regular visitors to gambling establishments for better … or for worse. Here are our Top 5 Most Powerful Stories!
1- Lionel Messi
When asked in an interview where his soccer gift comes from, the world’s best player answers that he has a casino player’s instinct. In fact, the Pulga loves the world of gambling, as he often shows up at establishments in Catalonia, the Bahamas and also plays at online casinos. He even went to a Catalan casino in the presence of his teammate Gerard Piqué just before a crucial match against Manchester City, which was a big hit at the time.
2- Wayne Rooney
In the right line of English players, Wayne Rooney likes excesses of all kinds. In 2016, the Manchester United legend lost more than £500,000 on blackjack and roulette in the space of two hours, including making the mistake of trying to win again at any cost. “Shrek” was not at his first attempt, having lost more than £50,000 in the same way early in his career.
3- Arturo Vidal
Renowned for his antics, Arturo Vidal likes to combine alcohol with casino gambling, and this mixture doesn’t seem to go down well. Coming out of a Chilean casino drunk, he causes a spectacular accident with his Ferrari in 2015 in the middle of the Copa America. The story caused a scandal in Chile, which did not prevent the whimsical midfielder from reoffending two years later: drunk in the same establishment, he was fired from the casino for disorderly conduct… in full preparation for the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
4- Vikash Dhorasoo
The former Lyon and AC Milan player has become an excellent poker player. He finished 11th in the Maint Event of the World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars in 2009, with $75,000 at stake, and then won the Barrière Poker Tour in Enghien-les-Bains by pocketing $177,000.
5- Franck Dumas
Caen’s former player and coach have been suffering from a real gambling addiction since his early days, which has led him to spend a lot of money and thus caused him several legal problems. Sentenced to 3 years in prison for tax fraud in 2017, the sentence was suspended due to a challenge before the administrative court. In the meantime, Dumas took the tangent by leaving to train in Africa (Fez, Equatorial Guinea, JS Kabylie).