Soccer players usually have the craziest of rituals, myself included.
At game time, 100% of the time I would always put on my left goalkeeping glove first, followed by the right. I would also always step onto the field with my left foot first.
I also remember a teammate who would always dress, but would only put on his team shorts just before he left the change room to go play the game.
Well, one Saturday afternoon we were playing a huge derby game and the stadium was packed. He was so fired up for this game that he forgot to put his shorts on. He left the change room, starts running onto the field, and then realizes he has no shorts on!
We were dying of laughter, and I’m not going to lie, some of us noticed he had no shorts on but decided to keep quiet just for the laugh…it was well worth it!
Thibaut Cortois, the Chelsea 6 ft – 6 in giant, and undoubtedly one of the best keepers in the world, also has a game time ritual.