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Article: Football Stars Who Invested In Horse Racing

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By Jonathan Lewis | 11th Apr 2022

With Football being one of the most popular sports in the world, there is no secret that athletes and managers involved with the sport earn a lot of money. With multi-million dollar deals, football athletes are constantly in search of their next big investment.

One of which is horse racing. As many people call it “The Sport of Kings” many football athletes have tried to get a piece of this multi-billion dollar market and maybe a chance to multiply their investment.

Whether football stars get involved with horse racing due to their passion or as a way to make multiply their investment here are some of the biggest football names that got involved with horse racing. If you are betting on horse racing, you might have already put your money on a horse that belonged to one of these famous football legends.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most popular names in Football that started his career as a player and became a legendary manager for Manchester United. Throughout his managing career, he managed to get 38 major trophies and played an important role in the development of the team.

However, during that times Sir Alex Ferguson also got involved with horse racing as a co-owner of Rock of Gibraltar with J.P.McManus and John Magnier.

Just like his managing career with Manchester United, he also found success in horse racing as Rock of Gibraltar was named European Horse of the Year back in 2002. The story didn’t age well after his sour relationship with the other partners, but this didn’t stop him from being involved with horse racing.

He also owned other horses like What A Friend and Harry The Viking.

Wayne Rooney

Here we have another football star that shared a lot of moments with Sir Alex Ferguson, and maybe that is where he got the passion for horse racing. The former Manchester United striker has won numerous trophies and had a quite successful career in football.

During his late-career days, he started to get involved with horse racing and owned at least three horses over the years. His latest horse, Announcement, is co-owned with his former teammates Jonny Evans, John O’Shea, and Michael Carrick.

Despite his long-year involvement with horse racing, he hasn’t seen much success. Rooney is also a big gambler and loves betting on horses.

Michael Owen

Michael Owen is another football superstar that spent most of his career playing for Liverpool and Real Madrid. He also scored 40 in 89 appearances for his national team, England.

Now that he is retired, he has more time to spend on other passions including horse racing. In fact, he opened his own stable in Cheshire more than a decade ago. Now Owen has many racehorses and he is a respected trainer in the horse racing world.

Michael Owen also inspired his former team-mates Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler and we often see the three horsemen attending races together.

Ian Wright

If you are a true football fan, you should definitely remember the legendary Arsenal striker that finished his career with 185 goals in 288 appearances for the Gunners. After his retirement, switched his career to broadcasting as a football pundit, but still remained in the same industry.

However, he is also a big horse racing enthusiast to a point where his passion becomes business. Ian Wright is also a part of an ownership syndicate called Crowd Racing Partnership, which managed to build a lot of success over the years winning multiple races.

Joey Barton

Here we have another retired football star that managed to find his passion in horse racing. He was the proud owner of Crying Lightning. Joey Barton enjoyed many successful years in horse racing where his horse managed to win multiple races.

Barton also owned several other horses including My Propeller and he is often spotted attending major race events.

These are some of the biggest football stars that share a big passion for horse racing. There are other athletes like Thomas Muller, Rio Ferdinand, Sergio Ramos, and even the football legend Diego Maradona who got involved with horse racing at some point in their careers.

Jonathan Lewis is an MFF Sports Writer

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