Men of many talents? Athletes who changed sports
The new career plans of two athletes have been causing a stir in the sports world. NBA basketball star Nate Robinson will switch to football in the NFL and he has already had a trial with Seattle Seahawks.
In Germany, Tim Wiese has made big headlines with his desired move to wrestling. The ex-keeper of Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and the national team could now be set for global stardom. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have already invited the former shot-stopper to a training camp and he could make his official debut in the ring as early as November.
These are some other athletes who have made the switch to other sports but not always with equal success.
“His Airness” is considered to be the best basketball player of all time. Jordan interrupted his stellar NBA career for two years in 1993-1994 to try his luck as a baseball player. It didn’t quite work out for the hoop star chasing home runs as he stayed in the Minor Leagues for the Chicago White Sox.
The Frenchman won everything as a footballer. Between 27 November 2001 and 4 May 2002, he was simultaneously a reigning World Cup, European Championship, Confederations Cup, and Champions League winner, a feat that until today no other player has bettered. He hung up his boots in 2004 but in 2009 won yet another title. In Lisbon Lizarazu was crowned a European champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Blue Belt Senior 1 - Light Division.
Sonny Bill Williams
Proving his prowess with the oval ball, having started out playing rugby league New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams switched to union and has won two World Cups with the All Blacks. Away from the pitch, however, the 6ft 4in powerhouse has also seen success as a professional boxer and was at one point even crowned WBA International Heavyweight Champion.
The French alpine skier was the 1997 overall World Cup winner. After the end of his career on the slopes, the all-rounder dedicated his life to motorsport and in 2006 Alphand celebrated his greatest success by winning the famous Dakar Rally.
The Argentine striker spent most of his playing career in Italy. In the 1990s in Florence, the Fiorentina fans erected a life-size bronze statue in honour of this football legend. A scoring machine for the national side, after finishing football “Batigol” decided to chase a second career as a polo player and, as part of the Argentina Polo Tour team Loro Piana, he won the Copa Stella Artois in 2009.