Reports coming out of Bolivia suggest that Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous Indian president, has signed a professional football contract for a club in his homeland.
An unexpected switch undoubtedly, but far from unusual, with world leaders in fields as diverse as heavyweight boxing and boybands signing on the dotted line down the years.
Evo Morales, Sport Boys
Sport Boys’ president own Mario Cronenbold has made it clear that Morales has been signed for football reasons, saying: “He loves football and plays well”
“He’ll wear the No 10 shirt.”
At 54 years old it seems most likely the president will be used as an impact sub with the club estimating around 20 minutes of game time.
Louis Tomlinson, Doncaster Rovers
Previous pub team experience gave Tomlinson precious little preparation for the rigours of the game at a professional level.
The One Direction warbler had to put back his Donny debut after being somewhat uncharitably poleaxed by Gabby Agbonlahor in a Stilian Petrov testimonial at Celtic Park.
Joe Louis, Liverpool
The number one-rated fighter in Ring magazine’s top 100 punchers of all time signed up at Anfield while in the United Kingdom in 1940.
Liverpool, 11/2 to land the Premier League title in 2014/15, were understood to have beaten Everton to the signature of the ‘Brown Bomber’, who went on to train with the first team, although he never made an appearance.
Ralf Little, Chertsey Town and Sealand
Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actor Little, has had stints with various non-league sides.
However, perhaps his finest achievement to date was representing the tiny North Sea micronation of Sealand against the Chagos Islands in a side captained by former Bolton stalwart Simon Charlton.
Daley Thompson, Mansfield Town/Stevenage Borough
In what was perhaps a damning indictment of fitness at non-league level at the time, the great decathlete played into the 1990s after retiring from athletics due to a persistent hamstring injury.