The Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias was a professional footballer signed with Real Madrid. When he was recovering from an accident that ended his career, a nurse gave him a guitar so that he could recover the dexterity of his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent.
A Soviet soccer player was so popular that when he was sent to the Siberian gulags during Stalin’s Great Purge in the 1930s, he was treated rather well as the gulag commanders were also his fans, who gave him better quarters and food rations, and was even asked to coach the local teams.
“Ramsey Effect” states that almost every time soccer player Aaron Ramsey scores a goal someone famous dies within a few days. “Victims” of this include Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and most recently, Nancy Reagan.