Here are 5 former football stars who have become racing drivers
1. Jerzy Dudek
The former goalkeeper of Liverpool and Real Madrid retired in 2011. The Pole has won nine major titles in his 20-year career.
🗓 #OTD in 2001…
Jerzy Dudek made his Reds debut. 🔴🙌 pic.twitter.com/MlaZAHaZit
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 8, 2018
He competed in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup, a German racing championship.
“Racing was my passion before football,” Dudek told LFCTV. “I was racing, but of course that stopped when I became a professional footballer. Today is my hobby and my passion. “
2. Fabien Barthez
Aged 47, Fabien Barthez won the World Cup in 1998. He also won the Champions League with Marseille in 1992, while with Manchester United he won the Premier League twice.
After 17 years of football career, he reconverted to motorsport in 2008 and participated in the Porsche Carrera Cup France. In 2013, he was crowned champion of France GT.
“I have always been fascinated by motorsport, even when I played football. It has always intrigued me, “he said.
3. André Villas-Boas
The former manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Zenit Saint Petersburg left his coaching position to start a new career in motorsport.
In January 2018, he took part in the 40 th edition of the Paris Dakar in South America.
4. Max Kruse
Still under contract with the German club Werder Bremen, Max Kruse has already started his career in motorsport. He joined the German league team in 2016, scoring 21 goals in over 55 matches.
However, he quickly started his own motor racing team earlier this year and in January, he officially unveiled Max Kruse Racing (MKR) and signed Benjamin Leuchter, who competed with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in the junior leagues.
5. Santiago Canizares
Spanish international retired in 2008 football After retiring, he started in motorsports by entering the 20 th car rally Alicante held on 26 and 27 March 2010 .
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