Most eccentric athletes: Let’s face it – no professional athlete ever reached the big leagues because of their brains. One thing that is undeniably true however is that in their own strange way, some professional athletes are truly geniuses within the physical realms of their sport. Think or Pele or Wayne Gretzky; watching them play was like watching Van Gogh paint Starry Night or listening to Beethoven live.
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The thing about geniuses though is that they tend to be a bit…well…unstable. It is often these types that get caught up in some sort of controversy, landing themselves on the front cover of a newspaper or even defending themselves in front of a jury during a court session. Geniuses within the sporting profession are no exception to these unstable tendencies, and although they become a major talking point all over the globe in these situations, it somehow makes them even more popular and likeable. Even their enemies and most outspoken critics lend power to their names by talking about them, and as the old saying proclaims: there is no such thing as bad publicity.
On the other hand, it’s almost unfair that sporting professionals find themselves in the global spotlight so often. They’re not like politicians or actors – they weren’t trained to say the correct things. They don’t know how to appeal to the masses. Sure, some of them are good at it – but more often than not athletes find themselves putting their foot in their mouths, making the wrong decisions, or appearing like a complete and utter lunatic on live television.
Everyone knows Zidane as, “That French guy who head butted another player in the World Cup.” This is really a shame because if he had just fought the urge to put his head through Materazzi’s chest, he would have been remembered for his excellent soccer playing skills. But no, his name will now forever be synonymous with reckless violence. Head butting isn’t the only thing that makes this guy insane, though. He claims to have been visited by a ghost who urged him to play for France during the World Cup that ended so badly for him. Who was the Ghost? That’s a secret he will never tell.