Everyone knows that footballers are superstitious creatures, but they never cease to amaze us, simple mortals, how far they will go to preserve their rituals.
Former England striker Gary Lineker never practiced shooting during a match day, although it was primarily his job to score goals for his team.
Former Liverpool, England and Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has lifted the veil on what some of his former teammates liked to do before a game.
He told talkSPORT that Luis Suarez is one of many footballers who do not like having their shoes hit on a match day.
“I’ve seen players go crazy if you hit their boots. Suarez was one, but there were quite a few, ”he told Jim White.
When asked what Suarez would do if he touched his boots, Johnson replied, “He could wear another pair.”
It wasn’t just his days in Liverpool where Johnson encountered strange superstitions from former teammates.
He also revealed what John Terry, his Chelsea and England teammate, would do in the locker room on match day.
“JT wouldn’t touch a soccer ball in a locker room.
“So when some of the other guys were in a” Two Touch “game with each other and the ball was all over the place, JT wouldn’t touch it until a game.”
Johnson later admitted that he himself had his superstitions, even though he pulled out of the game.
He added, “I think it’s just a motive and memory or maybe they played well and want to stick with it.
“Everyone has a little [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder] OCD in them. It’s a little useless but everyone has it, I have it a bit. If there are a certain number of taps and one is not quite in line with the other, I will straighten it! “
Listen to an interview with Glen Johnson revealing what his former teammates looked like above.