Poll: Which footballing figure wins our alternative election?


As Britain goes to the polls to decide the next leader of the country, we’re taking the discussion down a different route here at Ladbrokes towers.

As the world drools over the awesomeness of Lionel Messi, it’s pretty clear that footballers have a strong hold on the watching public.

So we thought, which footballing figure could we see stepping into politics and best throwing their hat into the ring to take the reins of the country as Prime Minister?

We’ve thrown out five suggestions, but if there’s anyone we’ve missed, get involved in the comment box below.

Sol Campbell

The former Arsenal centre-back has already expressed an interest in the world of politics, joining the Conservatives, so this one isn’t straying too far from the truth.

But is he Prime Minister material? Well, one thing’s for certain, any questions that are thrown at him in Parliament can just be rebuffed with the phrase “But I am Sol Campbell”.

Joey Barton

Similarly, but on the opposite end of the scale, the QPR skipper has got involved with the topic of politics in the past, most recently appearing as a special guest on Question Time.

The midfielder’s outspoken nature will certainly have its critics, but you can rest assured that if Barton is thinking it, we will hear about it.

Tim Sherwood

Taking charge of Aston Villa when they were labouring in a relegation dogfight, Sherwood has rejuvenated the Villans to a position that means safety is surely around the corner.

With that all-important win ratio, the deficit would surely be reduced under ‘The General’, although we’re not sure gillets are allowed in the House of Commons.

Ryan Giggs

The ultimate left-wing candidate, Giggs proved that he can cut it at the very top level for a long period of time, and there would be no flaking on the biggest stage for the Welshman.

And with plenty of scandal in his locker, the former Manchester United man looks to have the perfect profile for a politician.

Nigel Pearson

Refusing to back down in an argument, Pearson would refuse to criticise the country in the harshest of times, and doing so could leave you ostrich-ised (geddit?).

There would be no burying of heads in the stand with the Leicester man in charge, though whether any squabbles in parliament would be resorted by a James McArthur-esque pinning to the ground remains to be seen.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.