6 Footballers You Might Not Know Have Music Careers
Nothing, so they say, compares to the feeling of scoring a goal. Except, maybe, winning Olympic Gold. Or headlining Glastonbury.
Neymar Jr. has already scored plenty of goals and won Gold for Brazil. Naturally it follows that the Barcelona star has decided to launch a music career. Doesn’t it?
His debut single, under the name Neymusico, is out now. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up this list of six footballers who tried to make it in the music biz.
Before reading, can you name…
- The German footballing icon who had a brief career as a crooner?
- The Argentinian striker who’s in a band with his brother?
- The former Sunderland striker who’s also known as ‘Baby Jet’?
- The ex-Blackburn Rovers winger who has a boy band haircut because he’s actually in a boy band?
1. Carlos Tevez
Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is in a band. That’s if you count standing still, holding a microphone and looking a bit awkward as being “in a band”. Which, in his case, we do.
Their name is Piola Vago, and they also include Carlos’s brother Diego Tevez in their number. See what you reckon…
2. Leroy Fer
Leroy Fer is more musical than most footballers. The midfielder’s expertly choreographed wedding dance, with bride Xenia, has been hugely popular on YouTube. He’s also known to do a decent impersonation of Drake when the fancy takes him.
But it’s as ‘Lerra F’, alongside fellow Dutch teammates Ryan Babel (aka ‘Rio’), Vurnon Anita (aka ‘JR’) and former NEC Nijmegen defender Mitchell Burgzorg (aka Priester), where his rapping skills are showcased best. Have a listen below. It’s not even that bad, if you’re into Dutch rap.
3. Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey is fondly remembered for his stint in the Premier League with Fulham. The USA midfielder scored 50 goals for The Cottagers, including this legendary chip to help knock out Juventus en route to the 2010 Europa League Final. But did you know that he’s also a rapper? Big Clint goes by the name Deuce which, even with our limited knowledge of American slang, seems like a bold choice.
However, we can’t work out what’s happened to Dempsey’s music career since 2013. Though a first full-length album, The ReDUX, was trailed for release that December, it never appeared.
4. Morten Gamst Pedersen
One-time Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen had fabulous hair. His blonde-tipped, immaculately side-swept coif practically demanded that he join a boy band.
And so he formed The Players, made up of five Norwegian professional footballers; Pedersen plus Kristofer Hæstad, Raymond Kvisvik, Freddy dos Santos and Øyvind Svenning. Their single, This Is For Real, has the usual saccharine-sweet gusto you’d associate with mid-00s pop.
5. Asamoah Gyan
In 2011, Asamoah Gyan was voted the Most Entertaining Person in Ghana.
As well as being the captain of the national football team, the former Sunderland striker also performs music as ‘Baby Jet’, and with his own band the Asa Band.
Baby Jet guested on several tracks with Ghanaian rapper Castro, and the pair even performed live together at London’s Indigo2.
However, in 2014, tragedy struck. While on holiday in Ada with Gyan’s family, Castro (real name Theophilus Tagoe) and his friend Janet Bandu disappeared after boarding a jet-ski together. They were never seen again.
In January 2015, Gyan announced his music career was on indefinite hold.
6. Matt Robinson
Matt Robinson may not yet be a famous footballer, but he is making his mark in the grime scene.
The 22-year-old former Leicester City academy player is carving out an impressive career as an MC while also playing in midfield for Dagenham & Redbridge.
Matt spits bars as Kamakaze – here he is taking part in RedBull.com’s Grime-A-Side competition, where he’s captain of the Leicester crew.
No ‘best of’ musical footballers list would be complete without some bonus material.
Did you know that Pelé was a troubadour? Or that Franz Beckenbauer was a crooner?
Perhaps you were aware that Terry Venables fancied himself as a lounge singer?
Dig into our video playlist (also featuring dual mulleted popstars Hoddle and Waddle and Kevin Keegan in some extraordinary trousers) and see if you think Neymar can do better…