We all like to wonder what it takes to make it to the top. Although the stratospheric success of the world’s greatest sporting legends owes a lot to hard work and raw talent, it’s clear that they believe you need plenty of luck to help you along the way. From football heroes to superstar tennis players, it seems that all of the best of the best have a certain lucky ritual that they believe is the secret to their success.
Whether you believe in good luck or not, it’s clear that these guys must be onto something, given that they’re at the very top of their respective games and have a combined net worth of billions of dollars. From the wonderfully quirky to the downright weird, here’s what today’s biggest sporting legends do for a bit of good luck.
Most of us will have had a lucky charm at one time or another, whether it’s something old-school like a rabbit’s foot, or something more personal like a piece of jewellery. The same applies to sports stars, as according to Lottoland’s list of bizarre sporting rituals, the most successful people seem to think that a lucky charm is what you need to win big.
For the tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, it’s lucky water bottles, specifically organised so that labels are lined up and facing the baseline he is playing from. The New York Knicks attribute their return to the top of the league in the 1980s to a lucky horseshoe carried around by their captain at all times. For Lakers basketball legend Caron Butler, a chewed-up drinking straw has accompanied him to every game.
Clothing is Key
Some celebrity athletes believe the luckiest charms are the ones you can wear. Tennis icon Serena Williams opts for the rather unusual fashion choice of refusing to change her socks at all during an entire tournament, as she believes doing so will cost her the crown. The New York Yankees baseman Jason Giambi famously wore a golden thong to propel him to success in 2008, and inspired his teammates to do the same after they witnessed his success. Many people right recognise the lucky piece of clothing of the most famous person in golf, Tiger Woods. He always wears a red shirt on Sundays, and has done so since the very start of his career. Everyone needs a winning colour.
Superstitious rituals have been a feature of human activity since the dawn of civilization, and today’s sports stars are no different. Rugby legend Jason Robinson insists on applying his body tape to, urm, certain areas only at a specific (unspecified) amount of time before a game. British soccer king John Terry has a lucky urinal in the Chelsea FC changing rooms which he insists is the only one he can use before a big match. Sticking to the pee theme, for our final and most bizarre ritual, MMA champion Lyoto Machida actually drinks his own urine before every fight, a practice he learned from his father.
Next time you need a little bit of luck, hopefully these tips and tricks will help you out!