Top 20 Footballers Who Would Make Great Actors

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2011

Top 20 Footballers Who Would Make Great Actors

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    Across the world, the top athletes have become superstars in their own right, and world football is no different. 

    The top footballers have modeling gigs and endorsement deals like no other, but how many of them could make the even bigger jump onto the screen?

    Jokes about diving aside, there's plenty of footballers these days who have the looks, personality and maybe even the talent to make it as actors. 

    Here's 20 of them, in no particular order. 

Honorable Mention: Jamie Redknapp

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    Just because someone as good-looking as Jamie Redknapp should have as many on-camera opportunities as possible. 

20. Tim Howard

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    Everton and US goalkeeper Tim Howard does a good job of showing fans what it's like for the keeper when the ball is nowhere near his net. 

    And this coming from a keeper who really doesn't get much down time, as Howard is frequently seen yelling at his defenders for leaving oceans of space in the box. 

    People can't seem to resist making feel-good sports movies these days, and given that Howard himself helped send the down-on-their-luck Kingsbury High School soccer team in Memphis, TN (where his wife is from) to the state championship a few years ago, Timmy could play the coach when they make a movie out of it. 

19. Andres Iniesta

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    Andres Iniesta doesn't look like he belongs on the football pitch. He's barely 5'7", yet he runs around the field with ease.

    Doesn't it make you feel good to see the little guy succeed? 

    Iniesta is just like Rudy, except he's always been allowed to play. 

18. Kaka

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    Every movie needs a good guy, and Kaka is just that guy. If you're a fan of football, you've got to be a fan of Kaka.

    He plays the game the right way, he's fun to watch and he always delivers a quality performance. 

    All that being said, Kaka doesn't hog the spotlight; he steals it. He's the main character's best friend who steals the show and/or the girl. 

17. David Beckham

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    David Beckham has done practically everything except for acting, so it's got to be coming. And there's no doubt, Becks would be the star of the show.

    Like it or not, Becks is still the face of football across the world, whether he plays at that level or not. Likewise, Brad Pitt stopped making quality movies years ago, but he's still at the top of the A-list. 

    Beckham could play any role he wanted in Hollywood, and given that starting spots with top clubs may be hard to come by for Becks, it might be a nice idea for him to try something new. 

16. Ronaldinho

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    Some actors just want to be the center of everyone's attention, and Ronaldinho has been perfecting that trick in football for years now. 

    And like Jim Carrey, he's just talented enough to make it bearable. 

    And we know Ronaldinho knows how to catch people's eye, so basically, he's just waiting to retire so he can become the star of some Brazilian soap opera. 

15. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo is already a footballer/model, so why not add actor to mix? This guy just has Derek Zoolander written all over him. 

    He may be just a little too pretty to play any realistic character in a romantic comedy, but if a movie is looking to cast a superstar to play a superstar, Ronaldo is that guy.

    He could also become a journalist, seeing how good he is at interviewing himself. 

14. Landon Donovan

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    Landon Donovan did a pretty good acting job in his promo for FIFA 12 with San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.

    Donovan does a great job of acting like he knows what he's doing here, and he's got the personality and sense of humor to play the character you can't help but like no matter how much he pisses you off. 

13. Fabio Cannavaro

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    Fabio Cannavaro has the devilish good looks of the bad boy every girl falls for, even though everyone in the audience is screaming at her to stay away.

    He'll break your heart every time. Everyone hates him as much as they love him, and you can't have a romantic comedy without him.

12. Fernando Torres

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    Similar to Fabio Cannavaro's Cassanova-esque, sinful good looks, Fernando Torres could also make every female movie-goer (or music video watcher) fall madly in love with him.

    But El Nino's boyish looks make him the good guy who won't break anyone's heart. In fact, he may be a little too sweet to get the girl in the end.

    Perhaps that's why Torres made the controversial move to Chelsea. He knew he needed to be at least a little bad. 

11. Clint Dempsey

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    Clint Dempsey could be a gangster. He could be a rapper. He could be the mysterious new guy. 

    Dempsey is all-around entertaining, so we need to find a way to get him some more exposure. 

10. Peter Crouch

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    You can't have a movie without a character who's a complete goofball in every way. 

    Peter Crouch looks ridiculous, his dancing is ridiculous and he's actually been quite funny at times, whether he's meant it or not. 

    And despite being incredibly ugly, he's married to a model. Movies need hope, and what gives people more hope than that? 

9. David Luiz

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    David Luiz has quickly become known as one of the jokers at Chelsea, and he's actually rather entertaining. 

    Luiz is just looking to have some fun and make people laugh, so why shouldn't he make the jump to actor? Chelsea could also use him to interview his teammates as his best moments have come in interviews (not necessarily his own).

    And clearly, the kid is just dying to be on camera. 

8. Xabi Alonso

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    Xabi Alonso is the Spanish James Bond. He's handsome, he's charming, he could convince you of anything and you love him no matter what.

    Alonso could play practically any romantic interest in any romantic comedy, and the good thing is, he also has a sense of humor. 

    He's your guy. 

7. Pepe

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    Every movie needs a villain, and after so many incidents, Pepe will forever be labeled a villain. 

    He may say he's being mislabeled, but he hasn't done a whole lot to shed his villain tag lately, so he should just embrace his role of the bad guy. A lot of times, they're the best characters. 

6. Joey Barton

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    Joey Barton loves himself. He would play any character just so long as he gets to talk. He'd be the villain in a lot of cases, but he could certainly play a thug, a loyal best friend or even a funny man at times. 

    He's all over the place, and he should use that versatility to his advantage. 

5. Gary Neville

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    While Tim Howard can play the coach and Andres Iniesta the surprising star athlete in the next great sports movie, Gary Neville can no doubt be the diehard fan who always believed in his team.

    If you hate Neville, you're very likely not a Manchester United fan, and that's what makes him the perfect footballer for this role.

    If Hollywood is looking to remake Green Street Hooligans, Neville should be first choice for the firm's major. 

4. Wesley Sneijder

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    Wesley Sneijder doesn't know what he wants. Does he stay loyal to Inter Milan, or does he leave a somewhat sinking ship for more attractive options in Chelsea or Manchester United?

    His story changes every day as well. One days, he pledges his future to Inter. The next, he's saying how he'd like to play in England some day. 

    Sneijder is the main character in every romantic comedy—the girl who just can't make up her mind. 

3. Neymar

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    Welsey Sneijder is just confused, which makes him lovable. Neymar, on the other hand, is just a tease.

    He says he'll sign with Real Madrid one day, then goes back to Santos the next. And the whole time, he's still flirting with Barcelona and Chelsea on the side.

    What he's really doing is setting himself up to be a huge disappointment. 

2. John Terry

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    Of course John Terry would make a good actor. He's still married. 

    Terry is clearly the bad guy that every girl is trying to get over in the beginning of the movie. But there's something about him that always pulls the girl in, even though she knows he's no good for her. 

    In the end, Terry's character always comes running back, but the girl finally stands her ground and sends him packing and he ends up all alone...for the rest of the movie at least.

    Guys like John Terry unfortunately are never losers for long. 

1. Sergio Busquets and Marco Materazzi

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    It's all about action these days. Excitement, explosions and fast-paced plots are what people want to see at the movies, and the most important characters in high-octane thrillers are the stuntmen.

    Sergio Busquets and Marco Materazzi are two of the most skilled footballers in the business when it comes to falling over and pretending to be hurt. Most stuntmen these days can only do the former. 

    Busquets and Materazzi and both fantastic footballers, but it's their acting that really sets them apart.