Top 25 Real Life Friendships in Sports

It is easy to forget because of the lavish lifestyles that the more-famous individuals in the sports world lead that pro athletes and others associated in the industry are real people just like you and I. They wind down by attending shows, going to movies or by sitting at home and relaxing with loved ones, and they also hang out with their friends from time to time. Because these athletes are widely recognized by fans and also by media members whenever they venture out into the public eye, friendships involving professional athletes have made for headlines on websites and in magazines.

The summer of 2015 put women's football/soccer in the mainstream for some time thanks to the FIFA World Cup, a competition that was won by the United States. Two of the women who featured for the United States Women's National Team have been teammates and friends for some time, and that relationship has been well documented by American soccer journalists and also by fans of the players and of the team. Those two are, of course, not the only well-known footballers to be involved in famous friendships. Several others are showcased in this piece.

While it is not uncommon for teammates who work and live with each other on a daily basis to forge strong bonds, other well-known friendships in sports have stemmed from family ties or business endeavors. Money may not be able to buy happiness, but profitable business relationships can, in certain situations, breed friendships among athletes and other individuals who work in the sports world. With that said, an absence of profits and cash flow can lead to a friendship disappearing even quicker than it was formed.

25 Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus

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You know that one friend who seemingly loves nothing more than to push your buttons and get on your nerves for his own personal enjoyment? That man for Adrian Beltre is Elvis Andrus. The two Major League Baseball personalities who have played for the Texas Rangers for years have been featured in a video entitled “Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus – Best Friends,” one that went viral in baseball circles in 2013 and one that provides some highlights of that relationship. Remember, when watching the video, that Beltre does not enjoy being touched on the head.

24 Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux

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23 The Kliq


22 Peyton Manning and Eli Manning

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21 Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

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20 Johnny Manziel and Floyd Mayweather


19 Mike Richards and Jeff Carter

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18 Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney

17 Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

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16 Gareth Bale and Luka Modric


15 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

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14 Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant


13 LeBron James and Jordan Henderson

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12 Tony Romo and Jason Witten

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11 Drake and _____

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10 Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield


9 Tom Brady and Wes Welker


8 Neymar and Lionel Messi

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7 CM Punk and Colt Cabana


6 Stephen Curry and Draymond Green

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5 Michael Jordan and Roger Federer


4 Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada

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3 Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner

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2 The Four Horsewomen


1 LeBron James and Johnny Manziel


How much longer these two remain close friends could be determined by how well or how poorly Johnny Manziel performs with the Browns. Manziel and LeBron James have the same marketing agent, both play in Cleveland, and James has served as a mentor for the quarterback known as Johnny Football since Manziel's days at Texas A&M. James has taken Manziel under his wing even further since the 22-year old left a rehabilitation facility in 2015, and fans of the Browns will be hoping that some of James' greatness will rub off on the young signal-caller.

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