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Footballers and their Basketball Equivalents

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Football and Basketball are the two games that are very different yet like each other. As Football is played for 90 minutes and Basketball is played for 48 minutes. However, both games are always in the news. Football news contain about match reports, players transfer etc while Basketball news contains about match reports, players talk etc. In football there are 22 players on the field from both the teams whereas in Basketball there are 10 players on the court.

Both basketball and football are big sports on global stage. Both sports fans often compare the big star players with each other. While both sports have some common things between them as dribbling, skills, speed, shooting are required in this game. The basic similarity in the move between the two games is the ‘give and go’ technique and both the sports are well-known for ankle and knee injuries.

In this article we will look into footballers to draw comparisons with basketball players, shining light on how their characteristics and achievements extend beyond their respective games.

3. Erling Haaland and Zion Williamson

Both Erling Haaland and Zion Williamson have something common between them as they both are left footed/left-handed and have a good physic. Both have shown the world that they are going to become one of the greatest players in their respective sports over a period. In Zion Willamson’s rookie season, he got to play only 24 NBA games but had a huge impact for his team.

On his debut game against San Antonio Spurs he scored 22 points. He got 17 points in the fourth quarter of the game. Meanwhile Erling Haaland came into limelight on his debut when he played for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019 and since then he has made a big name in football and has broken many records.

2. Neymar Jr. and Stephen Curry

Neymar’s name comes after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Football and now he has taken his game to next level. He is one of the top-3 players in football and has created history with his skills and playing style whereas Stephen Curry is the best three-point shooter in NBA history. With his skills and ability, he has created a big name in the NBA.

He has three NBA titles to his name with Golden State Warriors and his contribution to the team is remarkable. Both Neymar Jr. and Stephen Curry are known for their dribbling skills and Football and Basketball fans have fallen in love with both.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers in the football era so as LeBron James is one of the best basketball players in the era. Both the players are always top on the game. Cristiano Ronaldo always brings his skills and athleticism in the game. Both the players are in their near 40s but are always competing for best awards in their sports.

LeBron James is one of the most successful players in NBA and is all-time leading points scorer in NBA playoffs history while Crisitano Ronaldo is the most successful player as he is the top goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history.

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