Footballers turned politicians

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    Ridge Racer Full Member

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    So I was curious about this... which footballers have tried to make it as politicians? reading about George Weah becoming Liberia's president has piked my interest. I know Shevchenko tried in the ukranian elections a few years ago but failed. What else is there?

    EDIT: oh, and wasn't Ronaldinho in some political party as well?
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    Theon Full Member

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    Romario is a successful politician and senator in Brazil.
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    Wumminator The Special One!

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    If anyone can remember Jon Parkin, the rather portly striker who made his way around the lower league clubs, you'll be interested to know he just got elected in Blackpool, one of his campaign promises was to 'Make Blackpool Chips Great Again'
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    SER19 Full Member

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    I believe I read something about Hakan sukur and politics

    Edit- elected as mp in 2011 now in exile in the us
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    klayton88 Full Member

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    Who was his campaign leader? Wayne Shaw?
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    Mourinho would make a great Politician.
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    Joga Bonito Full Member

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    Gianni Rivera is or was a MP in the Parliament iirc.
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    Theon Full Member

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    Was a big fan of Romario as a player.

    He's quite liberal isn't he politically?
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    Kakhaber Kaladze (Milan defender who featured in the 2003 Champions League final vs. Juventus) was Georgia's Energy Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and is now the Mayor of Tbilisi:
    http://agenda.ge/en/news/2017/1474

    Speaking of Milan, his team-mate Shevchenko is in the Україна – Вперед! (Ukraine – Forward!) political party. So that's Weah, Rivera, Kaladzke and Shevchenko for politicians — on top of having Berlusconi as the owner for over 2 decades.

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    Needham Full Member

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    I believe Di Canio has political aspirations.
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    led_scholes New Member

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    Erdogan was a footballer. Dunno if he was a full pro though.
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    Needham Full Member

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    Probably played on the right.