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Six other players who don't have huge love for football similar to Arsenal star Ben White

Six other players who don't have huge love for football similar to Arsenal star Ben White

Not everyone has a love for 'The Beautiful Game'.

Arsenal defender Ben White is the latest footballing star to have admitted he does not enjoy keeping up to date with 'The Beautiful Game'.

White, 26, moved from Brighton to the Emirates back in 2021 and has continued to prove his worth as one of England's best defenders.

Despite his recent international snub, the former Leeds loanee is not the only professional footballer to have confessed in not being 100 per cent keen on the sport as a whole.

As we delve into some others who are not overly fond of their line of work, how many of these stars can you say you predicted?

Gareth Bale

In terms of decorated players, Gareth Bale's legacy and subsequent efforts for Real Madrid will continue to earmark him as one of Britain's best.

He was infamously know for his famous flag that read: "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order."

Speaking to ESPN in 2018, Bale admitted: "I don't really watch much football. I'd rather watch the golf to be honest."

Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid. Image: Getty
Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid. Image: Getty

Bobby Zamora

A man with over 500 club appearances, Bobby Zamora is still referred to as something of a cult hero with clubs such as Brighton, West Ham and Fulham, but he is another who has admitted he does not particular enjoy the sport loved by so many.

"I’m not a massive football fan, really," he told the Daily Mail in 2012.

"I don’t watch games on an evening or anything like that.

"Quite a lot more players than [those that admit it] are the same.

"I’m not sure what I want to do after I finish playing but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved."

Ben White

Having continued to climb the ranks in recent years, White's inclusion will not come as a surprise to most who know him.

"Football is so intense," said White. "You come in every day giving 100 per cent. All I want to do is go home and not think about it, then come in in the morning fresh and ready to give 100 per cent again. I watch myself for analytical reasons.

"I watch England, maybe, but I'm always busy doing something. I wouldn't just sit down and watch a game. I didn't ever watch football when I was younger. I still don't now. I just loved the game, I was always playing it, never watching."

Carlos Vela

Known for his performances with Arsenal from 2005 to 2012, Vela once told reporters he enjoys a good movie over 90 minutes of football.

"The truth is that I’ve never been so passionate about football as to say, 'I’m a fan of Real Madrid or of this team and I’ll stand with them to the death,'" Vela told Canal+.

"I enjoy playing, but once the match ends the football is finished for me and you can talk to me about anything that isn’t football, because I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing so or like doing so."

Carlos Vela with Arsenal in 2011 (Image: Getty)
Carlos Vela with Arsenal in 2011 (Image: Getty)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is known for his impressive shot-stopping as much as his outstanding hair transplant results, but he is other name who can be added to the infamous non-footballing fan list.

The Barcelona stopper told Spanish outlet El Pais in 2020: "People laugh when I tell them I have no idea about football.

"I don't see a lot of football, except when there are good games or when I'm particularly interested in one because I have a relationship or a friend.

"Sometimes they ask me for a player's name and I have no idea."

Carlos Tevez

Time with both Manchester clubs and a relegation-saving goal for West Ham United. Carlos Tevez was never far from controversy on the pitch.

The Argentine is now manager of Independiente back in his hometown but told told the media in 2018 that he much prefers to play other sports in his spare time.

"I don't like football, I've never been a fan of football, I simply like to play and to have the ball... if Barcelona and Real Madrid are playing each other, but there is a golf tournament on another channel, I'll choose to watch the golf instead."

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Topics: Ben White, Carlos Tevez, Carlos Vela, Gareth Bale, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Football