Athletes are - in essence - entertainers, much like musicians or movie stars, and therefore it is perhaps unsurprising that the most high-profile of them mix in the same circles as well-known celebrity figures. As such, a number of the friends of athletes on this list are from the music, movie or TV worlds. Some are sportspeople who are friends with other sportspeople that one wouldn’t expect, whilst others are just beyond the point of comprehension.
The most talented and well-known athletes in the world are celebrities in their own right, and many attend award ceremonies, parties and the like, with well-known celebrities. Having said that, there are a few friendships on this list where you are left a little bemused by how the individuals became close friends.
The strength of these various friendships is of course unknown. Some claim to be very close whilst others may only have been media stunts, but all have either met on multiple occasions or spoken of their relationship with one and another. Here are the 15 strangest friendships in sports:
15 Jordan Henderson & LeBron James
Premier League soccer player Jordan Henderson plays for Liverpool and England, but he is hardly a star of the world game. Yet when his campaign to appear on the front of the UK version of the video game ‘FIFA 16’ stepped up, it became clear that the midfielder had a plethora of high-profile friends, none more so than four-time NBA MVP, LeBron James.
14 DeSean Jackson & TerRio
13 Pete Carroll & Will Ferrell
12 David Beckham & Tom Cruise/Gordon Ramsey
11 John Calipari & Drake
10 Floyd Maywether Jr. & Justin Bieber
9 Lionel Messi & Kobe Bryant
8 Joe Hart & 50 Cent
7 Cristiano Ronaldo & Lil Wayne
6 Serena Williams & Kim Kardashian
5 Mike Tyson & Evander Holyfield
4 Robert Kraft & Jay Z
3 Pele & Mick Hucknall
The greatest soccer player of all time, that is the title that commonly accompanies Pele, not friend of the former lead singer of Simply Red, yet the two are friends. Pele is the only man in history to have won three World Cups and is widely regarded, along with Diego Maradona, to be the greatest player to have ever played the game.
2 Paul Gascoigne & Raoul Moat
1 Dennis Rodman & Kim Jong-Un
Not too dissimilar to Gazza, with Rodman, the bizarre is almost routine. His acquaintance with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could quite easily have made this list, but it is his 'friendship' with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un which sees him claim top spot. Gaining access to North Korea is hard work, particularly for an American, never mind meeting the supreme leader. Kim Jong-Un is well-known to be a basketball fan and was delighted to welcome Rodman to the country, and give him a restricted tour of Pyongyang.
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