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Five Footballers Who Have Been In Movies

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

There have been many great stars in the history of football. However, only some of them have gone on to take their talents from the playing field to the big screen but with varying success.

Let’s take a look at five footballers who have appeared in movies (via

David Beckham

The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar has made a lot of appearances in front of the big screen. He has made some short cameos and did well to land a few brief speaking roles as well.

Beckham appeared in Goal! trilogy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword as well as making other small cameos in other films.

Eric Cantona

The Manchester United legend decided to try his luck in the field of acting after retiring from playing football. Cantona landed the role of French Ambassador Paul de Foix in the Shekhar Kapur-helmed period drama Elizabeth. He went on to make many other television appearances in both French and international television over the years.

Vinnie Jones
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Former AFC Wimbledon player and actor Vinnie Jones attends the FA Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Vinnie Jones

The former Wimbledon footballer made a full transition to becoming an actor after hanging up his playing boots. Back in 1998, he made his debut in front of the big screen in Guy Ritchie’s directorial feature debut Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

Jones has gone on to appear in many other movies including Eurotrip and X-Men: The Last Stand.


The late great Pele is considered by many as the best footballer of all time. He made his acting debut in the 70s, in Escape to Victory alongside England’s Bobby Moore and Sylvester Stallone.

In 2001, Pele made a brief cameo on Mike Bassett: England Manager.

Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr. was fortunate to share a scene with Samuel L. Jackson in the Hollywood action blockbuster, XXX: Return Of Xander Cage.

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