LeBron James names his favorite soccer players, including Ronaldo and 'crazy' ZlatanSporting News — email@example.com (Sporting News)
Cristiano Ronaldo and "crazy" Zlatan Ibrahimovic rank highly on LeBron James' list of favorite soccers players — although, in a pinch, he will take anyone from the red half of Merseyside.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has plenty of time on his hands after the NBA season was postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and he took the opportunity to address his love of football, telling followers on Instagram whom he likes watching the most.
"Favorite soccer player? I've got a few of them, a few great soccer players," he said. "First off, every player on Liverpool. Straight up, every player on Liverpool.
"(Kylian) Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are legends, man. I love those guys. I love Cristiano Ronaldo. I love Neymar, love Mbappe. Those are a few of them.
He added: "Messi, yeah, for sure. Messi, legend. Zlatan? His crazy ass. He's crazy, but he damn good, though."
The basketball legend's admiration for the current Premier League table-toppers is hardly a surprise given that he is a part-owner of the Reds. In 2011, he cut a deal with the Fenway Sports Group owners to buy a small minority stake and enter in partnership with the club.
"There are very few athletes who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status," Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said at the time.
"We feel the business opportunities for both working and being identified together in emerging international markets will result in unforeseen opportunities that neither would have been able to realize alone."