Athletes and their favorite pets – from Messi’s beloved Hulk to Fury’s guard dog Cash

Dogs are one of the world’s best-loved pets, with sports stars such as football icon Lionel Messi and Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton among many famous sporting stars with pets

Tyson Fury splashed £ 20,000 on his new dog, named 'Cash'
Tyson Fury splashed £ 20,000 on his new dog, named ‘Cash’

Many people around the globe adore their pets – and it is no different in the sporting world.

Plenty of sports stars own pets who enjoy the high-life in luxurious homes, although it is unclear how many pets are allowed into their owners’ supercars. Regardless, many elite stars bring their pets to events they may be participating in, such as tennis Grand Slam tournaments or even a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Some stars have even set up social media accounts to show off their dogs, whose place in their respective homes is clearly as welcome as their trophies and medals. British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury became the latest sporting hero to add a pet to the family as he purchased guard dog ‘Cash’ for an estimated £ 20,000.

The Gypsy King acquired the Rottweiler from the London-based dog trainer Elite Protection Dogs to protect his family home in Morecambe, which is perhaps a tad more practical than the reason other sports stars added dogs to their lives. From boxing to football all the way to the NFL, it is clear sports stars around the world adore their dogs.

Lionel Messi, one of the best footballers in history, owns a huge brown Douge de Bordeaux – otherwise known as a French Mastiff – named Señor Hulk. The incredibly-named pooch traveled to Paris along with the Argentine following his high-profile move to PSG from Barcelona.






Lionel Messi often posts photos with Hulk on Instagram, with the dog traveling from Barcelona to Paris with the star

Former Arsenal and current Inter Milan star Alexis Sanchez may have a claim to having the most famous dogs in football as his golden retrievers duo of Atom and Humber command an impressive 175,000 followers.

Atom was named after a character from the movie Real Steel, while Humber is a touching tribute to Sanchez’s brother Humberto.







Alexis Sanchez’s dogs Atom and Humber have starred in adverts
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Marcus Rashford owns a Cane Corso – an Italian Mastiff – who acts as his guard dog. Named The Saint, he reportedly cost approximately £ 25,000 when the Manchester United star bought him in 2018.







Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford poses with The Saint, who was purchased as a guard dog
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England captain Harry Kane, meanwhile, is a well-known fan of the NFL, naming his dogs after quarterback superstars Tom Brady and Russell Wilson – who also have furry friends.

Kane adores his dogs, posting a number of photos with them to social media while he revealed back in 2015 that he regularly calls his dogs when away from home.







Harry Kane and Katie Goodland announced they are expecting their first child by using their dogs, Brady and Wilson
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Away from football, Serena Williams – winner of 23 Grand Slams during her distinguished career – is also a keen fan of dogs and has owned several. Her current dog is Chip, an adorable Yorkshire Terrier who is seen by Williams’ side at major tournaments – and has even been pictured next to her many trophies.

The dog has caused problems for Williams in the past though, as the American tennis great fell ill after eating some of Chip’s food hours before reaching the quarter-finals of the 2016 Italian Open.







Serena Williams has owned many dogs throughout her illustrious career, with Chip being the latest
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Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is also a dog-lover and owns Roscoe, who often joins the Mercedes star in the paddock on race weekends.

The Brit joked he hoped Roscoe – who is on a vegan diet – hadn’t escaped at a race last year after reports of a dog running on the track had surfaced.






Lewis Hamilton and his dog Roscoe travel everywhere together as the Brit navigates the busy F1 calendar

Across the pond, the love for dogs remains high. Brady – a seven-time Super Bowl champion – is a renowned dog owner with three rescue dogs: Lua, Scooby and Fluffy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend purchased Lua in 2014 before adding Scooby in 2015 and Fluffy a year later.







Tom Brady’s dogs are an important part of his home life
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Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson owns three Great Danes and a tiny puppy – named Prince, Naomi, Hero and Bronco respectively – with wife Ciara, and the couple have even partnered with the Banfield Foundations to help pets across America receive access to veterinary care.







Russell Wilson owns four dogs, including three Great Danes
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The love isn’t confined to the NFL, as NBA star Klay Thompson adores his English bulldog Rocco. The Golden State Warriors star, who is set to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics tonight, created a unique hashtag for his dog while also designing a special Rocco-themed version of his signature shoe, named the Anta KT5.







NBA star Klay Thompson is often pictured with his dog Rocco during the offseason, and spent plenty of time with the bulldog as he rehabilitated his injuries.
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Olympic champion Simone Biles, who hit headlines as she advocated for mental health amid the Tokyo Games last summer, has her own Instagram page for her adopted French bulldogs Lilo and Rambo.

Known as the GOAT, it appears Biles prefers to keep the company of dogs as she regularly posts to @thebilesfrenchies, which has 84,300 followers.







Simone Biles has two French bulldogs, who have their own Instagram account managed by the Team USA star
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Without a doubt, in the highly pressurised world of sport, a friendly furry face to come home to be one of the best things for an athlete.

No wonder sports stars absolutely adore their pets.

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