5 footballers you never knew liked snooker as Keane spotted

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Footballers are normally synonymous with golf, with Premier League stars regularly spotted having a round of 18 holes.

However, footballers at the baize, now that's a far more rare sight - but it hasn't stopped some stars from loving the sport. Manchester United legend Roy Keane was spotted at the Crucible on Monday watching the World Snooker Championships play out between Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Keane isn't the only fan - with one player sparking transfer rumours when he jetted to the Ally Pally to catch a glimpse of the action. And Daily Star Sport is looking at five players who love the snooker.

Roy Keane

Keane was convinced to make his United switch over a game of snooker
Keane was convinced to make his United switch over a game of snooker

A typical stone-faced Keane was spotted in the crowd at the Crucible on Monday, but his history with the sports goes way beyond just watching.

Keane was convinced to sign for the Red Devils over a game of snooker with Sir Alex Ferguson in 1993. Ferguson had caught wind of a potential move to Blackburn Rovers, and he requested the Irishman meet him for a game.

Speaking in his first autobiography, Keane explained: "From that moment, I was never going to sign for any other club."

Did Keane strike you as a snooker man? Let us know in the comments section

Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy sparked transfer rumours after flying to England to watch the snooker
Stephan El Shaarawy sparked transfer rumours after flying to England to watch the snooker

Stephan El Shaarawy is one of football's great 'what-ifs' of the last decade, with the skilful Italian failing to live up to his sky-high potential.

But in 2019, he sent Arsenal and Tottenham fans into a frenzy when he jetted into England are rumours of a transfer were on the cards. However, the Italian was just on his way to see Trump claim his first Masters' title.

"I love snooker. I watch it all the time. These two [O'Sullivan & Trump]are my favourite players," he later told BBC Sport.

Didi Hamann

Didi Hamann often tweets about snooker
Didi Hamann often tweets about snooker

Dietmar Hamann is perhaps best remembered for his spell on Merseyside with Liverpool, but it's unknown if that's where he picked up his love for snooker.

Hamann is very vocal on social media about the sport, and he often questions the professionals' choice of shot. One fan quoted one of his tweets: "Dietmar Hamann is a snooker fan, I don't know why, but this pleases me greatly."

Hamann hung up his boots in 2011, when he had a short-lived managerial career.

Adnan Januzaj

Januzaj had a bizarre friendship with Shaun Murphy
Januzaj had a bizarre friendship with Shaun Murphy

Adnan Januzaj was once the hottest star in Manchester, and after he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere - he did the same at the Crucible.

Januzaj took to social media to upload a snap alongside Shaun Murphy: "Great to watch the snooker today and see my good friend @Magician147 win!" The bizarre friendship goes hand-in-hand, with Murphy a United fan.

Januzaj's star power quickly fizzled out at Old Trafford, and the Kosovan-born Belgian is now at Real Sociedad.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester City in action with Neco Williams of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on December 22, 2021 in Liverpool, England.
Dewsbury-Hall could have gone proffesional at snooker

'We've conceded to a wedding venue' almost wasn't a common gripe in the stands of the Premier League with the Leicester star having the talent to go pro at snooker.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall told The Times about how his dad would take him to the local snooker club, and by 12-years-old he had the beating of them. He even dismantled boss Brendan Rodgers, who was supposedly handy with a cue.

“The gaffer’s decent. He’d won the tournament the previous year. I thought ‘how do I go about this? Do I let him win or try my hardest?’ I beat him 2-0, hammered him."

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