Premier League returns this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures lined-up. Tottenham Hotspurs will welcome Manchester United at Wembley in what will be the biggest clash this weekend. Arsenal will open the round with an away tie against West Ham United. League leaders Liverpool will be away against Brighton, second-placed Man City will host Wolves while Chelsea will try to score against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Today, we want to look at several stars who went against the rule of the jungle. The following six tried their luck in other fields like politics and succeeded. Today, we want to take a look at six powerful political Leaders who you didn’t know played professional football.
6. Marc Wilmots- Belgium
— Reuters Paris Pix (@ReutersParisPix) June 26, 2016
Did you know that former Belgium head Coach Marc Wilmots was once an elected senator? Yes that’s true, he was successfully elected to the Senate in 2003 but he resigned two years later. He was criticized but he never looked back ever since.
5. Oleg Blokhin-Ukraine
Here's Ukraine boss Oleg Blokhin. Possibly the rudest man in football. And his press officer's not v friendly either http://t.co/gMc0jyBh
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) September 11, 2012
In 2012 Oleg Blokhin guided Ukraine in Euros which they co-hosted with neighbors Poland. In 2006 he helped his country to qualify for the World Cup which was held in Germany. However, he is not only popular on the field of play, he also tried out in politics. He was elected in Ukraine Parliament on two occasions. This was after playing for USSR for many years.
4. Gianni Rivera- Former Italy Minister
Happy Birthday Gianni Rivera ⚫️🔴
Serie A 🏆🏆🏆
Coppa Italia 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Intercontinental Cup 🏆
European Cup 🏆🏆
UEFA Cup Winners’Cup 🏆🏆
UEFA European Championship 🏆
Ballon d'Or 🏆 pic.twitter.com/NcVvFgTTKq
— TeamMilanAC (@TeamMilanAC) August 18, 2018
AC Milan Legend Gianni Rivera is yet another footballer who has enjoyed much success in politics after retiring from the beautiful game. He started off as a member of parliament. He was later appointed the minister of defence in the government of former Prime Minister Romano Prodi.