Almost a year ago, amidst the backdrop of the World Cup in Qatar, PSG and Premier Padel President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, showcased a sporting crossover for the ages. The Sports Legends Cup was not just another padel event, but a gathering of football's finest on padel courts.

Legendary line-ups included duos like Kaka and Ronaldo, as well as Iniesta paired with England's own Joe Cole. Other global icons such as Andy Murray, Beckham, Messi, and Klopp have since echoed their love for padel.

For Al-Khelaifi, this event underscored padel's meteoric rise and its appeal, particularly among the footballing elite. The event, though in the past, remains a testament to the sport's captivating allure.

J. Klopp - famous football head coach

Just imagine this athletes on the padel court!

Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldo, Kaka

Tennis stars:

Ons Jabeur

All in a day!

DeBoer, Beckham, Ronaldo, Batistuta


While competing in Catalonia, the world football champion Messi was also captivated by padel, playing alongside his trusted friend Pepe Costa. Apart from his vital role in Messi's professional and personal life, Pepe also stands out as an excellent partner on the padel court.

Currently, Messi is scoring frequently in the MLS, and who knows, perhaps when moving to Miami, Lionel considered that the only WPT event was held specifically in Miami. The sport of padel is also growing in the city with the involvement of other prominent Argentinians.

Former MLS MVP, Sebastian Giovinco, is not just making waves in football; he's also one of the proud owners of the Toronto Polar Bears club.

Daddy Yankee and Juan Martin Del Potro

North America welcomed its first professional league, PPL. Originating in Tampa, this league boasts six teams, all backed by a dazzling array of celebrities and elite athletes. Notable names in the mix include Daddy Yankee, owner of the Orlando franchise, and U.S. Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro, serving as a strategic advisor to the Miami Padel Club.

Miami Padel Club Appoints Grand Slam Champion Juan Martin del Potro as Strategic Advisor of its Ownership Group

NHL stars Filip Forsberg, Jacob Markström, Mattias Ekholm and Andres Nilsson

Additionally, EEP Capital, a venture capital firm centered around padel and supported by Swedish NHL stars owns the Los Angeles franchise.

Jimmy Buttler

Jimmy Buttler, Reserve Padel, US, 2023

NBA star Jimmy Buttler join the court few years ago:

Rafael Nadal: A Passionate Padel Player

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal is a fervent padel enthusiast, often playing it during Grand Slam events. Remarkably, he's clinched the French Open Padel tournament five times. Nadal's Academy has padel courts and hosts weekly padel camps, blending the two racquet sports.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Padel Enthusiast and Investor

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, known for his love for various sports, enjoys playing padel with friends like Ronaldinho. Furthermore, he has invested in his padel club chain, Padel Zenter, which has five clubs in Sweden and in Italy.

Padel Zenter by Zlatan

Zidane’s Commitment to Padel

Football legend Zinedine Zidane is an avid padel player, often playing with family and friends. His sports center in Provence, Z5 centre, boasts both 5-A-Side Football and Padel courts and offers a range of services.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Padel

Cristiano Ronaldo is fond of padel, having played with fellow footballers like Sergio Ramos, David de Gea, and Gareth Bale.

Serena Williams' Padel Adventure

Serena Williams, a tennis icon, once played padel at the Spanish Open and voiced her preference for its fast-paced nature, saying,

"I love the game because it’s fast-moving and I feel like there isn’t as much pressure."

Formula 1 Drivers Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Junior, Lando Norris, and Nico Hülkenberg

There are increasing number of Formula 1 drivers who play Padel globally when they travel from one race to another and during the race weekends.

Max Verstappen and Alex Albon

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