Professional football likes padel

Illustrious names of professional football are great padel fans. The list of active players and former football players who have a great fondness for padel or who we have seen on the courts is immense: Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Gerard Pique, Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Roberto Mancini, Francesco Totti, Tomas Locatelli, Stefano Torrisi, Henrik Larsson and Javier Mascherano, among others, without forgetting that Diego Armando Maradona has played padel since the beginning and was a luxury assistant in the finals of the 1st World Padel  Championship of 1992 played at the Expo in Sevilla.

Even in sometimes this fondness goes further, as are the cases of the swedish international player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has decided to set up his own padel club in the swedish city of Stockholm, or croatian former player Janko Jankovic, who decided in 2016 to also ride his own club in the croatian capital, Zagreb.

Also the teams with more assiduity include the practice of padel in their sessions. For example, in past weeks we saw how some international professional football teams, who were making their set-up after the winter break of their respective leagues concentrated in La Manga del Mar Menor, Region of Murcia, Spain, enjoyed fun sessions of padel. The belgian teams RSC Anderlecht and Sint-Truidense V.V. or the dutch teams FC Twente and SBV Vitesse exercised on the courts, as we have seen on other occasions to another teams like Valencia FC, Sevilla FC, Real Club Celta de Vigo, Real Betis Balompie or SS Lazio, among others.

These sessions, different from the usual types of training, serve to reinforce the ties and the good harmony in the teams, while the players exercise physically at a softer intensity than the demanding training plans that are carried out by the physical trainers of the clubs.