NOW here’s a good way to unwind from the pressures of the game.
These footballers like to spend their downtime by relaxing with a spot of fishing.
Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Memphis Depay, John Terry and even Sergio Aguero have been known to dangle their rods into lake and sea hoping to catch a bite.
While former England heroes Gazza and David Seaman also fancy themselves as fisherman.
Let SunSport give you a guide to the best anglers in football.
The world’s best player must know a thing or two about fishing coming from Madeira.
The Portuguese city is the capital of sport fishing, where a keen fisher will look to catch marlin, wahoo and giant bluefin tuna.
That’ll make a lovely seafood stew, for sure.
You wouldn’t have guessed that the Man City forward loves to angle.
Back in 2014, the Argentinian forward took up fishing when he was out injured.
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Bizarrely, he was reported to have been seen fishing off Blackpool pier!
Never one to miss out, Becks showed off his greatest catch in 2016.
The former Man United ace posted this image on Instagram fly fishing and catching a Icelandic Salmon.
He’s also been known to be a fan of sea and coarse fishing.
When he was a young boy, playing football wasn’t his only love.
At the age of 10 he loved joining his grandfather Keas Schensema for fishing trips in Moordrecth.
He even managed a small catch.
The LA Galaxy star probably considers himself to be the best fisherman in the world.
And with this pike catch, few would argue that he’s got angling skills too.
In Sweden he has own fishing lake, while he also has a tattoo of a koi-carp on his back.
The former Charlton and Leeds United hero loves a tackle off the field as much as he did on it.
Bowyer runs his own carp fishing lake named ‘Etang de Bows’ in France, which he bought in 2014.
Maybe that’s what’s calmed him down over the years!
Robin Van Persie
While on holiday in Turkey in 2015, the former Man United star took his family fishing.
Unbelievably, his bait managed to catch a shark while he was deep sea fishing.
He wrote on Facebook: “Unaware this was going to be our best fishing day ever!!! What a catch! Nobody got hurt and of course we released the shark.”
Now that he’s retired, he’ll have more time on his hands for one of his favourite hobbies.
The Chelsea legend loves carp, which is why he built a lake in the grounds of his mansion.
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JT’s close pal, Bobby Zamora, has been a huge admirer of fishing for a long time.
The ex-QPR and West Ham striker, who is now a club ambassador at Brighton, loves a Bobby dazzler – with his biggest catch a 39lb 12oz carp.
The Arsenal and England legend might be football’s best angler, having done it for most of his life.
Safe Hands, as he was nicknamed, was skilled at everything from fly to coarse fishing.
Surely he’s never been left flapping by the river bank?
Last, but certainly not least, Gazza often went on trips with Seaman during Euro 96 on the advice of manager Terry Venables.
But famously, Gascoigne fell off jetty into a lake near their team hotel before the Spain game in his full England team tracksuit.
Cue fits of laughter from the former England stopper as his mate asked him to pull him out.
If only we were a fly on the water.