Tanguy Ndombele is currently one of the most talked-about footballers in England, as he continues to be linked with a move away from Spurs and North London to his native France. And, you could say that as a player and where a potential transfer is concerned, it’s all similar to roulette.
Footballers and transfers are very similar to roulette in the sense that everything is based on chance. Yes, you could say that Ndombele is a fantastic midfielder, and when Spurs signed him from Lyon, they were getting a potential superstar based on what they had seen from him previously. But, it hasn’t worked out, showing there are elements of chance and luck involved with signing players.
At the time of writing, Ndombele, who Spurs are keen to move on, is the subject of interest from PSG, former club Lyon and Everton. Again, this is akin to roulette. It was only several days ago when PSG, managed by former Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino, were said to be in pole position to land the seven-time France international. But the wheel has turned, and Lyon now look to be the ones leading the race.
The similarities between football, roulette and casino games, in general, are there for all to see. And, you could suggest they’ve all found a way to co-exist, which is mutually beneficial. There are multiple pieces of content available to play at online gaming platforms that very much bring football and casino together.
There is Live Football Roulette which is brought to the table by leading iGaming development team Playtech. It involves a video wall loaded with data and stats, a football-styled roulette wheel, and tons of football chit chat. Recently, a side bet was added to proceedings, which can pay up to 100X the stake.
Football Studio by Evolution Gaming is another title that seamlessly brings the sport and gambling together. Players have the opportunity to place bets on the outcome being a home win, away win or a draw, akin to what they can do where gambling on live football is concerned. And, talking of live football, the host usually has games on during sessions, keeping punters informed on the latest.
And, if you still needed convincing that football and roulette can go hand in hand, there is further proof thanks to the late Yves Marriott, who played football from French clubs such as Nancy, Lyon and Nice. He also made one appearance at international level for France.
During the 1970s, Yves made famous what is known as the Marseille Roulette, as well as many other names. It’s a skill move involving performing a turn with the ball at a player’s feet. After Yves, Diego Maradona adopted the Roulette into his game, before French icon Zinedine Zidane also perfected the art, using it in multiple ways to get by opponents.