Footballers are people like us. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that some of them like to gamble. This ranges from horse betting, poker or any form of gambling these footballers can spend money, as you would find in Betway.
However, what makes Betway popular isn’t just the different
betgames it offers, but how easy it is to play and win. The exciting part is that these football stars are not shy from admitting that they love to wager. Here is a look at some of the most prominent footballers who like to gamble.
5. Paul Merson
Paul Merson is best known during his days as a Sky broadcaster. However, before he made it to the booth, he used to play for Arsenal. He was part of the squad that helped Arsenal win the Champions
league in 1996. However, it was soon discovered that he had a dark side. He admitted that he had a gambling problem. Also, he was also a cocaine and alcohol addict. He was admitted to rehab during the 1994-95 season.
Then after ten years as a player-manager for Walsall, he had a relapse that made him get back to rehab. According to Mersen, he lost over £7million in gambling.
4. Dominic Matteo
Dominic Matteo is best known for having played in clubs such as Leeds United. He helped them to to get through to the semis of the Champions League in the 2002-2003 season. Even though he had an excellent football career, he has also had one of the worst experiences with gambling. Matteo had a considerable gambling debt of £1,000000 which his appointees never knew. He once admitted that he bet £200,000 on a single horse race. In 2015 he was declared bankrupt.
3. Gigi Buffon
The Italian football stars seem to have mostly been hit with gambling problems. One star that has had to endure this issue is Gigi Buffon. The Italian footballer was known for the illegal match and other items in
gambling such as corruption. He was investigated on two occasions. One was before the World Cup in 2006, and another investigation was done in 2012. Although the charges were later dropped. He was known for his love for poker thus went on to on come the ambassador for PokerStars.
2. David Bentley
David Bentley was an English football star who played for clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham and WestHam. However, his love for gambling was also there, and according to him, he placed his first wager when he was 14 years old. When older he went to bet on vast sums of money before he finally realised that he was an addict. It was with the help of his girlfriend that he was able to overcome it.
1. Keith Gillespie
If you play for teams such as Manchester United and Newcastle, then you are a big deal. Keith Gillespie was a star, but it was gambling that ruined him. He is estimated to have lost over £7,000,000 due to gambling. He was declared bankrupt in 2015.