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Athletes who swapped sports after retiring

Rio Ferdinand

The former Manchester United and England defender announced recently that he is intending to become a professional boxer.

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Rio Ferdinand.

The former Manchester United and England defender announced recently that he is intending to become a professional boxer.

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Tim Wiese

The German keeper was a stalwart at Werder Bremen and picked up six caps for his country. After retiring in 2014, Wiese transferred his talents to the ring with the WWE.

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Tim Wiese

The German keeper was a stalwart at Werder Bremen and picked up six caps for his country. After retiring in 2014, Wiese transferred his talents to the ring with the WWE.

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Santi Cañizares

The former Valencia and Spain keeper went on to become a television pundit - and a rally driver.

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Santi Cañizares

The former Valencia and Spain keeper went on to become a television pundit - and a rally driver.

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Gabriel Batistuta.

One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Batistuta had a less well known talent - polo.

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Gabriel Batistuta

One of the greatest goalscorers of all time, Batistuta had a less well known talent - polo.

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Michael Jordan

The greatest basketball player of all time won three successive NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls but after the death of his father he sought a new challenge and played baseball for the Birmingham Barons before returning to the court and winning another three NBA titles.

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Michael Jordan

The greatest basketball player of all time won three successive NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls but after the death of his father he sought a new challenge and played baseball for the Birmingham Barons before returning to the court and winning another three NBA titles.

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Marion Jones

The American sprinter went on to forege a career in the WNBA with Tulsa Shock.

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Marion Jones

The American sprinter went on to forege a career in the WNBA with Tulsa Shock.

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Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukraine and Milan great, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2004, was also a promising golfer and has played several national tournaments. He was also handy in the boxking ring in his youth but elected to play football instead.

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Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukraine and Milan great, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2004, was also a promising golfer and has played several national tournaments. He was also handy in the boxking ring in his youth but elected to play football instead.

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Paolo Maldini

The Milan and Italy legend spent 25 seasons at the San Siro but always had a soft spot for tennis and recently played in an ATP Challenger in Milan with doubles partner Stefano Landonio. After coming through the qualifiers, the pair were beaten 6-1, 6-1 in their first round match.

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Paolo Maldini

The Milan and Italy legend spent 25 seasons at the San Siro but always had a soft spot for tennis and recently played in an ATP Challenger in Milan with doubles partner Stefano Landonio. After coming through the qualifiers, the pair were beaten 6-1, 6-1 in their first round match.

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Fabrizio Ravanelli

The former Italy striker went on to forge a career as a road race cyclist.

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Fabrizio Ravanelli

The former Italy striker went on to forge a career as a road race cyclist.

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Mariano Pernía

The Argentina-born defender played for Recreativo, Getafe and Atlético Madrid and the Spanish national team before becoming a rally driver in his native country.

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Mariano Pernía

The Argentina-born defender played for Recreativo, Getafe and Atlético Madrid and the Spanish national team before becoming a rally driver in his native country.

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Curtis Woodhouse

A forerunner of Ferdinand's, Woodhouse played for Birmingham City before getting into the ring as a professional boxer.

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Curtis Woodhouse

A forerunner of Ferdinand's, Woodhouse played for Birmingham City before getting into the ring as a professional boxer.

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Rebecca Romero

Rebecca Romero won Olympic medals in both cycling and rowing.

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Rebecca Romero

Rebecca Romero won Olympic medals in both cycling and rowing.

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Ilhan Mansiz

Ilhan Mansiz played for Besiktas and was a member of the Turkey side that came third in the 2002 World Cup. After hanging up his boots he switched to blades and represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics as a figure skater.

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Ilhan Mansiz

Ilhan Mansiz played for Besiktas and was a member of the Turkey side that came third in the 2002 World Cup. After hanging up his boots he switched to blades and represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics as a figure skater.

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