In the past, sports were just physical activities or games which goal is to deliver pleasurable time to the participants and the spectators. Even the word sport originates from French and means ‘leisure’. Day by day, due to commercialization, technological progress and the human desire for development, they reach levels, far beyond than the primary objectives.
Nowadays sports are profitable industries, the clubs are successful companies, some of the sportsmen are among the wealthiest people in the globe, even a superpower as China declared national politics for development football and has invested billions in buying players, clubs in Europe and building schools in order to win World Cup 2050 and earn bunch of money of course.
Some of the fans transform their passion for sport into a way of living, make tattoos of their idols, organize communities, wear clothes in particular colors. The extremes ones name their children in the honor of players or clubs, fight even kills one another. Even some fanatics established religions based on sports. For example, the church of Maradona in Argentina which has, please pay attention to it, around 200 000 members.
Even though rarely associated with art, sports are a stimulus for many artists to create amazing masterpieces.
You can enjoy some of them in the gallery bellow!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The story behind this graffiti is actually really sad.The artists depict the poverty of the Brazilians, meanwhile, the local government spent millions USD to build new stadiums.
Amsterdam Arena is one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe, the home place of Ajax is decorated by great street artists. Here are Johan Cruyff, Van Bastena, the logo of the club and won trophies.
Totti is the prince of Rome, the dedication and the loyalty to the club didn’t bring as many trophies, money, and glory as some other team would, but he has a special space in the heart of every fan of A.S. Roma.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Román Riquelme is a great inspiration for some artists in Buenos Aires.
Los Angeles, USA
Mohammed Ali is a legend of boxing and very respectful figure in the U.S. Here is one of the many murals painted in his honor.
Leicester, The United Kingdom
Claudio Ranieri, the former coach of FC Leicester.
Diego Maradona is watching you from the streets of Naples.
This is ‘The Spirit’, a statue representing Michael Jordan the best basketball player in the history.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Messi is a living football legend, his compatriots can enjoy this lovely statue in the middle of Buenos Aires.
It’s the flying Bobby Orr outside TD Garden.
Lionel Messi – Superstar is a painting by Rudy Vandecappelle
Gorgeous watercolor painting by Sebastian Domenech of Diego Maradona, pictured during his time at Napoli.
Novak Jockovich painted as Napoleon
Pele is still the best football player for some fans and inspiration for artists. Here, he is iconized by David Diehl
A legend of Arsenal, the Dutch football player Dennis Bergkamp inspired Paul Meijering to paint him with acrylics.
The computer game Top Eleven showed how some of the most famous players will look in near future.