Have you ever wondered what the life of a professional athlete is like? One would think of someone riding luxurious cars, living in large houses, and being surrounded by beautiful women (or men). But not every athlete enjoys that lifestyle.
We look at how two different professional football teams spend their lives outside the field. For one team, it’s a day at the races. For the other, it’s basically another day at work. Let’s have a peek at what several teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup do before or after their games.
ENGLAND: MY LITTLE ‘PONY’ AND FRIENDS
On average, professional players run for hundreds of miles at practice sessions. They also have to monitor their diet to stay in shape. Furthermore, they have to travel a lot – moving from training venues to different stadiums on a regular basis.
That’s certainly hard and tiring. And for those exhausting days to pay off, the team has to win their games.
Last Tuesday, England celebrated their unexpected 2-1 victory against Tunisia. To recover from the physical pains of their hard-fought win, some of the Three Lions’ players enjoyed a fun unicorn race at the Repino Hotel.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) June 19, 2018
ICELAND: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
While some football players look at the sport as a full-time job, this team is different. When not playing in the fields, these athletes actually have day jobs.
For instance, team manager Heimir Hallgrimsson still works as a dentist in his hometown. Also, Iceland’s defender Birkir Saevarsson works as a salt-packer at a warehouse in his country’s capital. Saevarsson even worked at the factory days before their opener match.
Goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson became a fan favorite after putting up an impressive show with his superb saves. He is also a director and has already produced some advertisements. Coca-Cola even got him to direct their football campaign ad as seen below.
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