What do Premier League football stars read?

This isn’t perhaps the most obvious question you’d ever think of when discussing footballers!

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But recently – to help get people reading through the Reading Stars scheme – some of the sport’s biggest stars have picked their favourite books. So we thought we’d show you the results!

Football stars like Tottenham’s Niko Kranjcar seem to have real taste, picking classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter.

QPR’s Joey Barton also impressed with his choice of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Chris Smalling from Manchester United would have many agreeing with his choise of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, books about football were very popular. Tim Cahill from Everton chose The Smell of Football by Mick Rathbone and  Chris Kirkland flattered fellow goalkeeper Brad Friedel by choosing his book Thinking Outside the Box.

However, we must say we were disappointed with a number of stars, including Theo Walcott and Mark Schwarzer, who chose their own books as their favourites!

If you want to get reading like your favourite football stars, then click here to visit our Books of the Week section for inspiration!

Here’s the full list:

Player
Adult book selection Kids book selection
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling TJ and the Hat-trick by Theo Walcott
Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) David Beckham: my side by David Beckham Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers) The Marks of Cain by Tom Know Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! by Kyle Mewburn
Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Twits by Roald Dahl
Josh McEachran (Chelsea) Mr Messy by Roger Hargreaves El Diego by Diego Maradona
Tim Cahill (Everton) The Smell of Football by Mick Rathbone BFG by Roald Dahl
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Destined To Live by Ruth Greuner Megs and the Vootball Kids by Neil Montagnana-Wallace and Mark Schwarzer
Charlie Adam (Liverpool)
May I have your attentions please? by James Corden Quack! Quack! by Roger Priddy
Owen Hargreaves (Manchester City)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Mike Williamson (Newcastle United)
Bob Wilson’s Ultimate Collection of Sporting Lingo by Bob Wilson Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll
David Fox (Norwich City)
Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
Joey Barton (QPR)
Dracula by Bram Stoker The Witches by Roald Dahl
Carlo Nash (Stoke City)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Family Adventures in Style by Dr Jill Nash and Carlo Nash
John O’Shea (Sunderland)
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Leon Britton (Swansea City)
An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham Hotspur)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
Paul Scharner (West Bromwich Albion)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas The Gruffalo’s Child/The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic)
Thinking Outside the Box by Brad Friedel Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson