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5 Famous Footballers Who Acted in Movies

While football and movies are two completely different sides of a coin, it does not change the fact that both are part of the same coin.


Both of these fields are meant to entertain the people, which is why there are times when footballers cross the divide and feature in movies, as famously seen in movies like Goal. 


Keeping that in mind, we bring to you five footballers who actually played roles in movies…

5. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane might just be the most successful player in the history of football. He has won almost every trophy as a player and actually has a pretty incredible trophy haul as a manager as well. 


But that’s not all – the seeming all-rounder Frenchman has played roles in movies too. The French maestro has three credits to his name: Goal, Asterix at the Olympic Games and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. 


Not bad, eh?


4. Vinnie Jones

If there is any footballer who made a successful leap from the game to the world of showbiz, it is Vinnie Jones. In fact, you might know him more due to his movies than football itself. 


He is the guy who played Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand and has taken part in numerous other projects. As a footballer, he played for a plethora of clubs, with the likes of Wimbledon and Chelsea.



3. Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona is arguably the most controversial legend in the history of football. The Argentine is an eccentric character who oozes entertainment, so it is not a surprise to have seen him in movies. 


Maradona has featured in various movies: In the Hands of the Gods – where he appeared for only a few seconds – and a documentary titled ‘Maradona’, which was made by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica. 


He could also be seen in La Mano de Dios, El Camino de San Diego and Amando a Maradona. 

2. Fitz Hall

A journeyman, Fitz Hall is a relatively known name in the English football circuit. Having played for clubs like Southampton, Crystal Palace, Watford, Newcastle United among others


However, before all that, Fitz had a single frame of fame in Luc Beeson’s The Fifth Element. He was only 16 at the time and hadn’t played football as a professional. Safe to say that his movie career never really took off.

1. George Best

A Manchester United legend, George Best was known for his flamboyance – both on and off the field. For the fans of the Red Devils, he had the potential to be the greatest ever player of the club had he been more serious with his football.


He played 470 times and scored 179 goals for United and also appeared in two films: Cup Fever and comedy movie Percy. Best certainly had the looks of a movie star but there was no doubt that football is what he was made for.

The 5 footballers who also took part in movies