Originally Posted by WMR
What about Kobe? He has some skills and only played as a hobby. He could've been a great pro if he focused on soccer.
I agree with you somewhat but I also think you're underselling how good of soccer players our top athletes could be by quite a large margin.
I don't think so. Could Kobe have been a good soccer player? Maybe. But chances are he would be a goalkeeper or a central defender/headball specialist. Hardly the type who can take control of a game. If you look at a list of the greatest soccer players, the vast majority are guys 6' and under, with the exception being goalkeepers.
Kobe is listed at 6'6". How many outfield players are that tall playing top flight soccer? I can only think of Peter Crouch and Per Mertesacker.