THEY just can’t get enough of the competition, can they?
Chelsea legend Petr Cech has only just hung up his gloves after four years at Arsenal at the age of 37.
But after 20 years playing professional football, he’s decided to find a new goalie job – playing between the sticks for ice hockey giants the Guildford Phoenix.
However, Cech isn’t the first star to swap sports.
SunSport uncovers more who were thirsty to win at something else.
When you’re the fastest man in the world, it’s natural you will want to try your hand at something that involves running.
Last year, Jamaican legend Bolt began training with Australian A-League club the Central Coast Mariners as a left-winger.
He did score twice for the side in a friendly match, but after just three months his dream was over and the Mariners revealed they weren’t going to give him a professional contract.
Good job, probably.
SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS
After winning the World and Olympic championships on both the track and the road, as well as the Tour de France, it was only natural Wiggins would want to try something else.
In 2017, Wiggo revealed he was taking up rowing and enlisted the help of James Cracknell to get him up to speed.
He took part in the British Rowing Indoor Championships, but finished a disappointing 21st after making a slow start because he thought the race had false started.
In 2018, he declared he was ditching his rowing dream of competing at the 2020 Olympics.
Recognised for his distinctive appearance, Barthez was an idol for the French national team – keeping sticks during their famous 1998 World Cup win.
He also lit up our lives in the Premier League for Manchester United, with some mad antics too.
But when he retired, he did something completely different.
Barthez, who loved fast cars, took up motor racing in 2008 and has competed in an incredible four LeMans races.
Forget the two gold medals Victoria won at the Olympics in cycling.
In 2015, Pendleton announced her intention to become a jockey with the idea of competing in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016.
She enlisted the help of horse trainer Paul Nicholls, and won her first race on 5–4 favourite Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton.
Weeks later she achieved her dream, competing at Cheltenham and finishing fifth in the race she declared she wanted to race.
One of the greatest footballers of all time, the AC Milan and Italy legend played tennis as a hobby.
Because he was quite good, he thought he would take it to the next level – and some nine years after he retired from the Beautiful Game he entered a doubles event at an ATP Challenger tournament in Milan.
Sadly, his tennis career was to last only 43 minutes when he was beaten 1-6, 1-6.
“Those who know sport know very well that it’s impossible to invent yourself as a professional from one day to the next,” he said after.
RAFAEL VAN DER VAART
After starring at Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham, the former Dutch footballer wanted a new challenge when he retired.
This year, just a few months after he hung up his boots, the midfielder joined the British Darts Organisation.
And back in May, Rafael ‘van Der Dart’ made his debut at the BDO Denmark Open – winning 4-2 over local player Thomas Anderson.
However, his run came to an end against Mogens “Turbo” Christensen who beat him in the semi final.
And, in November 2012, he had his one and only bout against the American Richard Dawson at the MEN Arena.
Dawson, a 17st 3lb brawler from Okmulgee, Oklahoma who had served time for aggravated assault and battery, floored Flintoff in the second round but the Preston Pugilist recovered to take the four-round fight on points.
“You talk about the Ashes and things but as a personal achievement, this is the best,” said Freddie after his victory.
He never fought again.
In 1994, four months after the first of his three retirements, Michael Jordan swapped basketball for baseball, signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
And this despite not having played the game since he was at high school.
Jordan spent the season playing for the White Sox’s affiliate club Birmingham Barons but failed to impress, scoring just three home runs in 127 games.
Mind you, he did buy the team a brand new £200,000 luxury bus to travel in so it wasn’t a complete washout.
Gemili grew up dreaming of a career as a professional footballer.
When he was eight he signed for Chelsea and spent seven years at the club before having a year at Reading.
In 2010, he joined League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge before being sent out on loan to Thurrock where he played 12 times in the Isthmian League.
And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In 2012, he called time on his football career and made the switch to sprinting.
Thurrock’s loss was our gain.
When athletics’ biggest pantomime villain was banned from athletics for four years in 2006, he turned his attention to the NFL and trained with the Houston Texans.
The following year he almost secured a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after impressing at their trials.
However, it wasn’t to be for the sprinter who soon returned to track and field and recently won silver at the 2019 World Championships, finishing runner-up to Christian Coleman.
Former Spurs’ ace Allen also tried his hand at the American version of football when his career was over.
In 1997 he signed on the line for the London Monarchs and took his place in the side as a specialist place-kicker.
He wasn’t bad either, kicking three field goals and an extra point in their 16-8 win over the Scottish Claymores in the World League competition.
Somehow, English cricket legend Ian Botham managed to combine single-handedly winning the Ashes in 1981 and 1985 with a football career with Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United.
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A no-nonsense, old-school centre-half, Beefy turned out 11 times for the Iron in the Football League and played for a select Football Association XI in 1984-85.
Botham’s son Liam, meanwhile, started his career as a cricketer for Hampshire but switched to play rugby league for a host of teams including Newcastle Falcons, Leeds Tykes and Wigan Warriors.
Must be something in the genes.