Ranking the 15 funniest footballers of all time: A list of footballers who could double up as comedians

Ranking the 15 funniest footballers of all time: A list of footballers who could double up as comedians

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM

Some football players can also crack jokes and make people laugh. Some of the funniest footballers on earth are known for their humorous posts on social media or hilarious quotes during press interviews. They are often joyful during training sessions and off the pitch, causing laughter among their teammates.

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Football has produced many funny players gifted with great humour. Photo: Simon Stacpoole, Victoria Haydn, Harriet Lander, Buda Mendes, Plumb
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Everyone has a sense of humour and can learn how to be funnier. However, some are on another level when making the best jokes. In football, some players are known as the kings of humour because of their funny traits.

Funniest football players of all time

Some of the funniest footballers' names include the likes of Peter Crouch, David Luiz, and Benjamin Mendy. They are among the top 15 wittiest football players globally. Their ability to make others laugh even when things are tough is remarkable.

15. George Best

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Northern Irish and Manchester united winger George Best (1946-2005) on the pitch at Old Trafford in July 1968 before the start of the 1968-69 EPL season. Photo: Rolls Pres
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The Manchester United legend was good at cracking jokes and giving funny quotes that made people laugh. Best was a Northern Irish winger and one of the greatest footballers in history. He passed away on 25 November 2005.

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered." George Best said.

14. Romario

Romario amused fans with many hilarious quotes during his career. The legendary Brazilian striker played for several clubs, including Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, and Fluminense.

"The goalscorer always deserves some credit but not this time. The way I hit that, even my mother would have saved it." Romario said.

13. Robert Huth

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Robert Huth (R) jokes with Jamie Vardy during Leicester City's training session at Belvoir Drive Training Complex on 15 December 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Photo: Plumb
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Robert Huth is a former German defender who won the 2015-2016 Premier League with Leicester City. He is known for posting some of the funniest footballers' tweets during his career.

"Yes! Champions League guaranteed! Better start practising my Rabonas." Huth shared this on his Twitter account on 10 April 2016.

12. Victor Wanyama

The former Tottenham midfielder shared numerous jokes on his social media. Wanyama once posted a funny tweet about him enjoying spaghetti. He also made a funny one in 2012.

"Why do you have to wake up somebody in the middle of the night, I think tweeting will help to sleep night tweeps." Wanyama shared.

11. Jamie Carragher

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Jamie Carragher of Liverpool laughs during a training session in the Rogers Centre on 19 July 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Photo: John Powell
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Carragher is a retired English footballer currently working as a pundit. The Liverpool legend is known for speaking his mind. He likes making jokes during his commentaries and often tweets hilarious statements on his Twitter account.

"Oscars Sunday! Wishing all the best in the best actor category for his part in 'The manager' See it on Sky Cinema Oscars #myoscars", Carragher posted on 22 February 2017.

10. Michy Batshuayi

The Belgian is one of the funniest-looking footballers on earth. He has had some comical moments on the pitch that cracked many ribs. Batshuayi once tried to thump the ball back into the net on the rebound, only to hit the post and send it flying back into his face. In response, he joked about wanting to do something different to Antoine Griezmann.

"Fortnite celebrations, so overrated, bro," said Batshuayi. "I had to create something new!"

9. Paul Pogba

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France midfielder Paul Pogba jokes during a training session at the Glebovets Stadium in Istra on 11 June 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Photo: Franck Fife
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Pogba is a famous French midfielder known for his skills and fighting spirit. He is also good at cracking jokes with friends and teammates. The Juventus star also has a hilarious celebration style that entertains fans.

8. Diego Maradona

Maradona was not only a great entertainer with that ball but also a fantastic joker. Most of his speeches were hilarious and made headlines. On one occasion, when asked about his teammates refusing to celebrate with him, he replied:

"I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me, and no one came... I told them, 'Come hug me, or the referee isn't going to allow it." Maradona replied.

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG gives funny instructions to security guards after borrowing a walkie-talkie on his way to training at the Aspire Academy on 30 December 2012 in Qatar. Photo: John Berry
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The Swedish legend is widely known for his hilarious comments and jibes he often throws at other people. One day, Zlatan was asked by a journalist if he was gay after a picture of him with Gerard Pique went viral. His response was funny.

"Come to my house and see if I'm gay, and bring your sister." Ibrahimovic replied to the journalist.

6. Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona's quotes are not only philosophical but amusing too. His speeches and quotes have left many people laughing and appreciating his humour. In 2005, he gave a hilarious eulogy for fellow Man United legend George Best.

"I would love him to save me a place in his team, George Best that is, not God." Cantona was quoted.

5. Dani Alves

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Dani Alves jokes during a training session at the Gremio team training centre on 7 June 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photo: Buda Mendes
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The most decorated footballer on earth can also be funny. Alves has had several funny and crazy moments on camera and even teased teammates. His hilarious response concerning age also made headlines.

"People are marked down for their age – once you get past 30, people look at you a bit funny. When you get to 35, the questions are all, 'When are you going to stop?' Calm down!" Dani Alves said.

4. David Luiz

Luiz is one of the funniest guys in the dressing room. The Brazilian defender has played for several teams, including PSG, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Luiz also gets along with fans. He once joked that his teammate, Ngolo Kante, scores many more goals in training than Cristiano Ronaldo.

"This guy is a special guy, a fantastic person and a fantastic player." Luiz said. "In training, he scores a lot, more than Ronaldo!"

3. Peter Crouch

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Peter Crouch of Burnley reacts before their Premier League match against Arsenal at Turf Moor on 12 May 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. Photo: Harriet Lander
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The former Liverpool striker is one of the funniest footballers ever. His response to questions has earned him fame in social media. Crouch's incredible height and funny face also make him an interesting person.

"I always wanted to be a footballer. Of course, I did. Not a basketball player, as I get asked on a daily basis, or a roofer who doesn't need to use a ladder, or a zookeeper who can talk to the giraffes face-to-face." Crouch said.

2. Benjamin Mendy

Mendy is one of the funny Premier League players. The City full-back is always active on social media and likes sharing jokes with fans about his teammates. So, who is the funniest footballer in the world?

My jersey for the guy who puts the video of @kylewalker2 getting nutmeg first go go go. Mendy posted on Twitter.

1. Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli of Liverpool laughs and jokes during the warm-up ahead of a Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield on 1 March 2015 in Liverpool, England. Photo: Simon Stacpoole
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Balotelli is an interesting footballer who enjoys making people laugh. Although he looks serious, his level of humour is top-notch. Many fans will remember his iconic celebration after scoring against Manchester United, where he lifted his shirt to reveal the words 'Why Always Me?'

"They didn't get angry and booked me for taking my shirt off, they just saw my physique and got jealous." Balotelli once said.

Funniest nicknames for footballers

Footballers often get nicknames from teammates or fans because of their characters. Harry Maguire's 'Slabhead' nickname is one of the funny Premier League players' names in 2022. Other weird names given to players worldwide include:

  • WoMatt Doherty - Doherto Carlos
  • Antonio Cassano - Peter Pan
  • Roberto Baggio - The Divine Ponytail
  • Nicolas Anelka - Le Sulk
  • Duncan Ferguson - Duncan Disorderly
  • Ferenc Puskas - The Galloping Major
  • Dion Dublin - The Shower Clearer
  • Massimo Taibi - The Blind Venetian
  • Andoni Goikoetxea - The Butcher of Bilbao
  • Papa Bouba Diop - The Wardrobe

To rank among the funniest footballers on earth, one must have a great sense of humour and perhaps facetious characters. These funny players could also double-up us comedians and make a great career not only on the field but on stage as well.

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Helix Odhiambo
Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.