Top ten footballers in films

Ollie Irish

24th, October 2007


We had a massive response when we asked you to vote for the greatest football film ever with When Saturday Comes surprisingly sweeping the poll. But, while art may have no problem imitating sport, putting a footballer in front of a camera rarely leads to studs treading the red carpet come Oscar night.
Thankfully, footballers are usually limited to cameo appearances – although even the ultimate method acting experience of playing yourself doesn’t always guarantee a good performance.
Click through for a look at our top ten of footballers turned actors and let us know what you think of their acting ability

Possibly the first player to grace the big screen in that all time classic Escape to Victory , which also featured Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles – Pele has even starred in a Brazilian TV series called Os Estranohos .
Vinnie Jones
Made an impressive debut in Brit-flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels then went all starry eyed and moved to Hollywood – where he’s consistently typecast as a meathead in films like Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish and X Men: The Last Stand .
David Beckham
With his chiseled features and Colgate smile you’d have thought he was made for the silver screen – but cameo appearances in the Goal trilogy suggest he should spend his spare time in Hollywood taking

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  1. 291103 says:

    Well Dida had a cameo appearence with Ambrosini, Costacurta and Maldini in an italian film 2 years ago “Eccezzziunale veramente, capitolo secondo…me” with Diego Abatantuono.

  2. Chris says:

    Quite a lot of work setting up for the punchline.

  3. devil says:

    Apparently, Julian Joachim can be seen in Hannibal – a screen behind is playing the football but his face is in full view for a while!

  4. oller says:

    that is exceptional trivia right there.

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