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Footballers who like to spend their free time fishing, like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Sergio Aguero – The Sun

NOW here is a good way to relax from the pressures of the game.

These footballers like to spend their free time relaxing with a fishing spot.

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Gazza shows a catch and is one of many footballers who love fishingCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Memphis Depay, John Terry and Sergio Aguero are known to swing their rods in the lake and sea in the hope of catching a bite.

While former English heroes Gazza and David Seaman also consider themselves anglers.

Let SunSport give you a guide to the best football anglers.

Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo caught the fishing bug in his hometown of Madeira

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Cristiano Ronaldo caught the fishing bug in his hometown of Madeira

Ronaldo must know a thing or two about fishing from Madeira.

The Portuguese city is the capital of sport fishing, where an avid fisherman will seek to catch marlin, wahoo and giant bluefin tuna.

This will make a great seafood stew, for sure.

Sergio Aguero

    Aguero, pictured on a fishing trip to Miami, is believed to have once fished in Blackpool

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Aguero, pictured on a fishing trip to Miami, is believed to have once fished in BlackpoolCredit: Instagram @10aguerosergiokun
    Man City legend Aguero enjoyed the catch of the day on a recent fishing trip to Esquina

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Man City legend Aguero enjoyed the catch of the day on a recent fishing trip to EsquinaCredit: Instagram

You wouldn’t have guessed that the Man City striker loves angles.

In 2014, the Argentinian started fishing while injured and he still hasn’t given up on his favorite hobby.

The 33-year-old, who retired in December due to heart problems, caught a big lie during a recent trip to Esquina in Argentina’s Corrientes province.

David Beckham

    David Beckham caught this fancy Icelandic salmon in 2016

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David Beckham caught this fancy Icelandic salmon in 2016

Never to be missed, Becks showed his biggest catch in 2016.

The Manchester United legend posted this image on Instagram fly-fishing and catching an Icelandic salmon.

He is also known to be a sea and coarse fishing enthusiast.

Memphis Depay

    Former Red Devil Memphis Depay went fishing in Holland with his grandfather

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Former Red Devil Memphis Depay went fishing in Holland with his grandfatherCredit: Peter Jordan – The Sun

When he was a young boy, playing football wasn’t his only passion.

At the age of 10 he enjoyed joining his grandfather Keas Schensema on fishing trips to Moordrecth.

He even managed a small catch in this throwback photo.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Ibrahimovic has his own fishing lake and has already caught an impressive pike

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Ibrahimovic has his own fishing lake and has already caught an impressive pike
    He has a tattoo of a koi carp on his back.

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He has a tattoo of a koi carp on his back.Credit: AFP-Getty

Ibrahimovic, now of AC Milan, considers himself probably the best fisherman in the world.

And with that pike catch, few would say he has fishing skills too.

Ibra has his own private fishing lake back home in Sweden, while he also has a tattoo of a koi carp on his back.

Lee Bowyer

    Hardman Bowyer has its own fishing lake called Etang de Bows

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Hardman Bowyer has its own fishing lake called Etang de BowsCredit: collect

The former Charlton and Leeds United hero loves tackles off the pitch as much as on it.

The Birmingham City boss runs his own carp fishing lake named ‘Etang de Bows’ in France, which he bought in 2014.

Maybe that’s what has calmed him down over the years!

Robin Van Persie

    Van Persie once caught a shark on a family fishing trip to Turkey

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Van Persie once caught a shark on a family fishing trip to Turkey

On holiday in Turkey in 2015, the former United star took his family fishing.

Incredibly, his bait managed to catch a shark while deep sea fishing.

He wrote on Facebook: “I had no idea this was going to be our best fishing day ever!!!

“What a trap! No one was hurt and of course we released the shark.”

Tony Hibert

Hibbert, a former Everton full-back, is so obsessed with fishing that he now makes a business out of it.

In 2013 he bought the 33-acre Lac de Premiere, a carp fishery in the village of Villiers-en-Prayères in northern France.

And since retiring from the beautiful game in 2016, he has devoted his time to running a place that welcomes anglers from all over the world.

    Former Everton ace Tony Hibbert has a carp lake in France

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Former Everton ace Tony Hibbert has a carp lake in FranceCredit: Instagram @lacdepremiere

John Terry

    Chelsea legend John Terry loves catching carp

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Chelsea legend John Terry loves catching carpCredit: BNPS

Now that he’s retired, he’ll have more free time for one of his favorite hobbies.

The Chelsea legend loves carp, which is why he built a lake in the grounds of his mansion.

Who needs Fortnite?

Bobby Zamora

    Zamora is no stranger to catching a big

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Zamora is no stranger to catching a bigCredit: Twitter

JT’s close pal, Bobby Zamora, has been a big fan of fishing for a long time.

The former QPR and West Ham striker, who is now a club ambassador at Brighton, loves a dazzling Bobby – with his biggest catch a 39lb 12oz carp.

David Seaman

    The sailor has never been caught flapping beats when he fished

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The sailor has never been caught flapping beats when he fishedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

The Arsenal and England legend might be the best fisherman in football, having done so for most of his life.

Safe Hands, as he was nicknamed, was good at everything from fly fishing to coarse fishing.

Surely he was never left to roam by the river?

Paul Gascony

    Gazza once fell off a pier into a lake while on a fishing trip

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Gazza once fell off a pier into a lake while on a fishing tripCredit: PA:Empics Sport

Last, but not least, Gazza often went on trips with Seaman during Euro 96 on the advice of manager Terry Venables.

But famously, Gascoigne fell off the pier into a lake near their team hotel before the game against Spain in his full England team tracksuit.

Cue peals of laughter from the former English cap as his mate demanded he take it off.

If only we were a fly on the water.