The Sporting A-List

Most celebrities have some sort of talent bestowed on them, whether that be their ability to act, play music, sing, cook or dance, the majority are ridiculously talented, which makes it all the more annoying when you find out that they are ridiculously good at sports. Below are some of the most sportingly gifted A-Listers.

Lars Ulrich – Tennis

The Metallica drummer is like marmite. He is revered in the Heavy Metal world but he fell fowl with a lot of people over his disparaging remarks over Napster. Before becoming one of the most widely respected drummers in rock circles, Ulrich was a dab hand at tennis. His father, Torben Ulrich, was actually a professional tennis player, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open. Lars was reportedly a top ranking tennis player during his youth in Denmark and if it wasn’t for a set of Deep Purple tickets given to him in 1973 he may have continued with the game instead of being hooked on rock. You never know, Ulrich could have once been a Wimbledon favourite and we may never have been treated to Enter Sandman.

George Clooney – Baseball

Not even bookmakers Betfair could have predicted that Clooney would get down on one knee and propose to Amal Alamuddin. However, before being known as the world’s most eligible bachelor, Clooney could have been a baseball player. The two time Academy Award winner had a trail with professional baseball side Cincinnati Reds, back in 1977. Luckily for us he didn’t make it, could you imagine a Clooney free world?

Gordon Ramsay – Football

The hot-heated chef is well known for his expletive filled verbal tirades so it isn’t too hard to imagine him as a hulking defender back in his prime. The award winning chef joined Glasgow club Rangers back in 1984, but a troublesome knee put an end to any budding football career with his boyhood club. Ramsay said of the experience “without the upset at Ibrox [Rangers’ stadium], I would not be the chef I am today.” So we thank the people at Rangers who discarded Ramsay and made him one of the biggest chefs and TV personas in the world today.

Master P – Basketball

Rapper and founder of No Limits records, Master P came as close as anyone to playing professionally, heck he had two pro contracts back in the day. The hugely successful rapper was a member of the Charlotte Hornets in the 1998-99 season and was with the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 pre-season. Although his dream to play pro ball was squashed he has certainly done alright for himself since, some sources value his net worth at $350million. In contrast, the Hornets and the Raptors have gone on to win nothing in the NBA and if Betfair are to be believed it looks like they won’t be winning anything for some time.

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