15 Footballers And Their Furry, Four-Legged Friends

Dogs are a man's best friend.

They greet us at the door, play with us during the day and cuddle with us at night. Just because they have fur, walk on four legs and have a tail doesn’t mean they aren’t our best friends. Dogs comfort us when we are sad, play with us when we are lonely and follow us around the house almost every minute of the day.

To put it simply, dogs are awesome. They become more than a pet, they become family. Take a look at the football players who decided to live their lives with a furry friend. Some have one, some have two and some have six. This one's for all the dog lovers out there!

1
Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez Golden Retrievers

Alexis Sanchez Golden Retrievers 

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Alexis Sanchez has two good-looking sidekicks! Atom and Humber are two photogenic golden retrievers who appear throughout the star's Instagram page. You'll find them surrounded by family, catching sunsets, riding first class or in bed, snoozing alarms. 

2
Mesut Ozil
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The Arsenal player revealed he was once afraid of dogs but that didn't stop him from adopting a pup named Balbao! The pug followed his dad’s footsteps and fell in love with the beautiful game of football. We hope to see Balbao score some goals in the next World Pup!

3
Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin and his girlfriend Berta Requeno with Otto

Hector Bellerin and his girlfriend Berta Requeno with Otto

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Otto lives a cozy life in between Hector Bellerin and his girlfriend Berta Requeno. You know what they say, three's company. Just from looking at these pictures we can see this blue-eyed, silver-haired pup is smothered with love and many hugs.

4
Harry Kane
Harry Kane with his Labradors, Brady and Wilson

Harry Kane with his Labradors, Brady and Wilson

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Why have one when you can have two? Harry Kane owns one black and one white Labrador who he named Brady and Wilson after his favorite NFL team the New England Patriots. The pair recently became big brothers after Kane and his wife Kate Goodland welcomed a baby girl. 

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Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi with his French Mastiff

Lionel Messi with his French Mastiff 

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Messi’s pup quickly grew into a full sized dog! The French Mastiff was given as a gift from his long-term girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo. His big body and mushy face sparked the Internet’s attention, gathering around two million likes on Instagram. 

6
Chris Smalling
Chris Smalling with his girlfriend Sam Cooke and dog Ruben

Chris Smalling with his girlfriend Sam Cooke and dog Ruben

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Chris Smalling’s dog is definitely the type of dog that sits at home waiting for her owners to come home. When Smalling is on the road, Miley spends her time with the Man United’s model girlfriend, Sam Cooke. The couple recently adopted a new pup named Ruben and now Miley can live her luxurious lifestyle with a new friend. 

7
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez with his three dogs

James Rodriguez with his three dogs

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James Rodriguez is a father of four, if you count his daughter Salomé. The Real Madrid player refers to his furry friends as ‘my amigos’. On the left, you’ll see his Cocker Spaniel and French Bulldog and on the right is his Golden Retriever.

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Marcelo
Marcelo, his wife, and their six dogs

Marcelo, his wife, and their six dogs

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Lola, (pictured on the left) is one of many dogs in Marcelo’s household. The Real Madrid defender has a soft spot for dogs, so why not have a variety? Marcelo and his wife, Clarisse Alves, share their home with six dogs (pictured on the right) on top of raising their son Enzo. 

9
Neymar
Neymar and his pup Poker

Neymar and his pup Poker

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Poker became Neymar’s sidekick back in 2014, and ever since then, Neymar can’t keep his eyes off the little man. Let’s just say, we can’t either. The Barcelona star is known for uploading selfies of him and his golden retriever to his Instagram account. You can also catch them playing on YouTube.  

10
Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay with his dog Simba

Memphis Depay with his dog Simba

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Memphis Depay has his own personal oversized teddy bear named Simba. The furry fella got his name from Disney’s popular movie, The Lion King. You’ll find the Dutch player strolling through the woods with his pal or on the road traveling together. How could you leave this little ball of fluff behind? You can’t.

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Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll with his pups and son

Andy Carroll with his pups and son

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Andy Carroll spends his time off the field on his farm with his animal house. He has two little dogs, one big dog, a snake, a fish, a rabbit and chickens. In addition to his assortment of animals, Carroll also has three little kids. Talk about having your hands full!

12
Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann with his dog Hooki

Antoine Griezmann with his dog Hooki 

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Looks like Griezmann isn’t the only NY Knicks fan in the family! Lucky for him he has his buddy Hooki to watch sports with when he’s home relaxing. Griezmann and his longtime girlfriend Erika Choperena are proud owners of their dog along with their baby daughter, Mia. 

13
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo with his dog Marosca

Cristiano Ronaldo with his dog Marosca

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Cristiano Ronaldo lives his spectacular life with his Labrador by his side. Marosca and Ronaldo like to cruise around town together with the top down. Not too long ago he revealed news about a new member in the family. Ronaldo posted a selfie with his son showing off their new pug! 

14
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder and his pup James

Wesley Sneijder and his pup James

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Talk about a bromance! Wesley Sneijder takes his pal James with him wherever he goes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short ride in the car or a vacation to the beach. The little one is the perfect adventure buddy. And when the adventure ends, he’s there to snuggle up with you. 

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Isco
Isco with his wife and two dogs

Isco with his wife and two dogs

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Isco may be a midfielder for Real Madrid but he’s also a big fan of the clubs rival Barcelona and superstar Lionel Messi. "I named my dog 'Messi' because Messi is the best in the world, and so is my dog" Isco explained. Messi is the dog on the left, but he also has a soft spot for his other pooch on the right. 

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