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Ex-Tottenham star Benoit Assou-Ekotto and 6 footballers who don’t really like football

Ex-Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto made more than 200 appearances for Tottenham during a seven-year tenure and once revealed that football was not his passion

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Tottenham Legend Benoît Assou-Ekotto celebrated his 38th birthday on Thursday. You remember him, don’t you? The left-back who once said he plays football for the money and not because it’s ‘his passion’. At least he’s honest.

Assou-Ekotto became a cult figure on White Hart Lane during his seven-year tenure. He was part of Harry Redknapp’s team that qualified for the Champions League In 2010-11 he played alongside Peter Crouch, Niko Kranjcar and Wilson Palacios. What a time to be alive.

Assou-Ekotto was also known for wearing weird boots, but his interview with The guard in May 2010 was the most memorable moment of his career. “It’s a good, good job and I’m not saying I hate football but it’s not my passion,” he said.

The 24-cap Cameroon international added: “All people, everyone, if they go to a job it’s for the money. So I don’t understand why people were shocked when I said I play for money. Oh, he’s a mercenary. Every player is like that.”

Assou-Ekotto continued: “I knew very well that I didn’t like school, and I also knew that I didn’t want to work in an office where I would earn 1,500 euros a month, to be able at the end of my career to buy a small suburban apartment or something.”

Although many adorn his dream, a First League Pitch, not every soccer player plays the game for love. here mirror football remembers six other stars who don’t make such a fuss about the beautiful game.

Gareth Bale







Gareth Bale enjoyed football on Thursday but golf is his real passion
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There is no doubt that Bale likes football. With Assou-Ekotto happily celebrating his birthday on Thursday, Bale scored a brace Wales a priceless 2-1 win over Austria. His country is now just 90 minutes away from qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

However, Bale’s real passion is golf. After Wales qualified for Euro 2020, he held a flag that read ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In this order”. It was seen as a cheeky reference to his employers real Madrid – and since then he has hardly played for her.

Speak with ESPN In 2018, Bale admitted: “I don’t really watch football that much. To be honest, I’d rather watch golf.” Golf? About soccer? You have to laugh, Gareth. We don’t expect to see him at the Match of the Day any time soon.

Benjamin White







Ben White enjoys playing football but doesn’t take his work home with him
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“Actually, it’s Benjamin,” White joked when asked his name by Sky Sports last year. It was the start of an iconic interview by the arsenal Youngster, who went on to offer an interesting – and refreshing – take on football.

“Football is so intense,” said White. “You come in every day with 100 percent. I just want to go home and not think about it, then come in the morning fresh and ready to give 100 percent again. I monitor myself for analytical reasons.”

“I may be watching England but I’m always busy doing something. I wouldn’t just sit down and watch a game. I never watched football when I was younger. I still don’t. I just loved the game, I’ve always played it, never watched it.”

Bobby Zamora







Bobby Zamora doesn’t spend his free time watching Sky Sports
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“When the ball hits the goal, it’s not Shearer or Cole, it’s Zamora!” This chant was often sung by Bristol Rovers, Bath City. BrightonTottenham, West Ham, FulhamQPR and England fans between 1999 and 2016 – but it’s unlikely Zamora idolized anyone in return.

“I’m really not a big football fan,” he told the Daily Mail in 2012. “I don’t watch games or anything like that in a night. Pretty much more players than [those that admit it] are equal. I’m not sure what I want to do after I’m done playing, but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved.”

Carlo Vela







Carlos Vela would rather flip through Netflix than listen to experts
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Former Arsenal ace Vela once admitted he prefers “a good movie” to live football. “The truth is that I’ve never been so passionate about football to say, ‘I’m a fan of Real Madrid or of this team and I’ll stand by them to the death’,” Vela told Canal+.

“I like to play, but when the game is over it’s football for me and you can talk to me about anything that isn’t football because I wouldn’t feel comfortable or like to do it.” To be fair, who doesn’t love a good rom-com?

Marc-André ter Stegen







Marc-Andre ter Stegen has no idea what’s going on in the Premier League this season
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They say goalkeepers are unique, but most still know what’s going on in football. Ter Stegen is the exception to the rule. The Barcelona stopper said in 2020: “People laugh when I tell them I have no idea about football.

“I don’t watch much football unless there’s a good game or I’m particularly interested in one because I have a relationship or a friend. Sometimes they ask me a player’s name and I have no idea.” wonder what he thinks Lionel Messi

Carlo Tevez







Carlos Tevez would rather hold golf clubs than trophies
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The Argentine is fondly remembered for his spells Manchester United, Manchester City, juventus and Boca Juniors – who have won countless trophies, including the Champions League and Copa Libertadores – but football is not something he fondly remembers.

Tevez said in 2018: “I don’t like football, I’ve never been a football fan, I just like to play and have the ball…if.” Barcelona and Real Madrid are playing each other, but there’s a golf tournament on another channel, I’d rather watch golf instead.”

Carlos, have you met Gareth?

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