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From Robben to Kaka: footballers who have run a marathon

On Sunday, 16 April, former Dutch footballer Arjen Robben ran the Rotterdam Marathon, completing it in less than three hours. An excellent result for the former Bayern Munich phenomenon who, even now at 39 years of age, still continues to dedicate himself to the world of sport, even without the classic feint to return with his left hand.

Less sprinting and more endurance, it may be a coincidence, but many former footballers, once they have hung up their boots, devote themselves to the queen of races, the marathon. 

Robben is in fact only the latest in a long list of champions who attempt the feat and test their physiques, trained for years in very different ways.

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From soccer to the marathon, Robben is just the latest: how many former soccer players attempting the queen of the races!
Earlier this week, former Dutch footballer Arjen Robben ran the Rotterdam Marathon and completed it in less than three hours. An excellent result for the former Bayern Munich phenomenon who, even now at 39 years of age, still continues to dedicate himself to the world of sport, even without the classic feint to return with his left hand. Less sprinting and more endurance, it may be a coincidence, but many former footballers, once they have hung up their boots, devote themselves to the queen of races, the marathon. Robben is in fact only the latest in a long list of champions who attempt the feat and test their physiques, trained for years in very different ways.
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Arjen Robben
Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben has ended his career in the Netherlands, at Groningen. Between running, swimming, gym and cycling, Robben continues his sporting life, and is in really good shape, judging by the 2h58'33'' it took him to finish the Rotterdam marathon. A very good time, especially if you are not a specialist in the discipline.
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Kakà
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, aka Kaka, has also recently taken up the marathon. Especially appreciated in Serie A for his glorious militancy with AC Milan (with whom he won the Champions League in 2007), he also has a past with Real Madrid, with far less success. The green-gold phenomenon completed the Berlin Marathon in 3h38'06''.
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Massimo Ambrosini
An historic column for Carlo Ancelotti's AC Milan, but not only, Ambrosini is now a popular TV sports commentator and pundit. Ambrosini is now a marathon veteran, having also participated in the Enel Marathon Milan. In 2020, he ran in Valencia, with a time of 3h16'.
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Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique, former Barcelona player and coach of Roma, Barcelona and Spain, also ran an excellent time. Back in 2005, the former blaugrana had put in a sensational performance at the Florence marathon, finishing in 2h57'58''.
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Raul Gonzalez Blanco
A true legend at the Santiago Bernabeu, Raul was one of the deadliest strikers at the turn of the millennium. Not bad even when he ran the marathon in his home city, Madrid, which he finished with an excellent time of 2h59'25''.
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Beppe Bergomi
Beppe Bergomi is a true Inter and Italian national team legend, World Champion at a very young age in 1982, also making an important contribution to the victory. Affectionately called 'the uncle', he is now Sky Italia's leading pundit.  In 2008, at the age of 45, he managed to finish the New York Marathon, one of the most impressive in the world, in 3h59'35''.
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