‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ is one of the most popular quiz shows ever broadcast on British television. Since 1998 it has been a massive hit not just in the UK but around the world.
The show has been a massive hit, it even found itself being turned into a slot game. In fact, there’s been a few versions of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire slot. That’s always a good sign that something is popular with players.
‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire Jackpot’ game features plenty of symbols that will be familiar to viewers of the hit show. It has a Jackpot Ladder with a fantastic progressive jackpot if you can make it all the way to the top.
There have been plenty of celebrity specials of the show with money raised for charity. Now that the series has made a successful return to our screens with Jeremy Clarkson in the presenters’ chair, which football players would we love to see make an appearance on the show?
In the past, there have been football players and managers who have tried to win £1m. Andy Gray, Ally McCoist, Gary Lineker and Sir Alex Ferguson have all sat in those famous chairs trying to answer all the questions correctly.
The easiest question is of course who is the best presenter of the show? Chris Tarrant wins that one by a landslide from current presenter Jeremy Clarkson. With football having an ever-increasing profile, surely there must soon be an episode that features some footballers.
Woe betide them if they were to lose early on and win just thousands of pounds if that. The correct answer and the one they gave would be shouted at them incessantly by team-mates and opposing players.
Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson (rumours he wanted Fergie time when answering the questions are false by the way) still hasn’t forgiven Eammon Holmes for not knowing the name of Tom and Barbara’s cockerel in BBC sitcom ‘The Good Life.’ It was Lenin by the way just in case the question ever pops up in your local pub quiz.
Most top footballers probably already are millionaires, so it’s a good job that the celebrity editions do raise money for charity. There are a fair few footballers out there who have a big heart as well as a massive bank account. Of course, appearing on the show on prime-time television isn’t going to do their profile any harm either is it?
Raheem Sterling is one footballer who would prove to be a big hit on the show. The past few years have seen his profile rise immensely. We seem to have forgotten him for all those internationals in which he never scored for England.
Sterling has been scoring plenty of goals for Manchester City and England but also made an impact off the pitch. His stand against racism in football and his charitable donations have constantly hit the headlines. He’d be certain to be a hit on the show. Winning a lot of money for a charity would mean a great deal to him personally too, so he’d be an ideal contestant.
Cristiano Ronaldo would boost the number of women that watch the show. He’s as high profile as you can get when it comes to footballers and his recent interview with Piers Morgan was a big hit. Getting a superstar like Ronaldo on the show would be a big coup for the show.
It’d give viewers the chance to see if he’s as brainy off the pitch as he is on it. Even better, pair him up with Lionel Messi and see how the two get on. Or have them on separately and see who wins the most money.
Harry Kane is another prime candidate to go onto ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire.’ It’s the European Championships next year, so having England’s top striker on the show just before the finals would be a good idea.
He’s another player who has proved to be popular with the general public. Perhaps after recent events at Tottenham he could pair up with Jose Mourinho. Then we’d really see if he is ‘The Special One.’ Get an easy question wrong and he might never be able to use that title again.
Liverpool are top of the league but how would their players get on if taking part in this show? There are plenty of candidates with Mo Salah or perhaps James Millner possible contestants. The latter could see an appearance work wonders to dispel that image of him being a bit boring. Mind you, if he knows the answers to really boring trivia questions it might not.
Persuading Jurgen Klopp to join them on the show would be a good idea. He’d probably jump out of his chair and run around the studio shouting. That’s just after getting the first question right! Heaven knows what he’d do if winning a million pounds.
Jeremy Clarkson has been seen watching games at Stamford Bridge, so inviting a Chelsea player on might be a good idea. Ross Barkley or Tammy Abraham would be good options if this was to be a Euro 2020 special.
Manchester United have plenty of fans even though they are struggling a bit at present. Perhaps they could redeem themselves with a stellar performance on this show. Paul Pogba would be another good contestant for the show. He’d certainly add a bit of flair to the show as long as he’s not in one of those moods that he sometimes gets in. He could be joined by a United legend, perhaps David Beckham could pop along and prove he’s not just a pretty face.
Women’s football is continuing to grow in popularity. The show has featured female sports personalities in the past, so why not some top female English players. Ellen White and Lucy Bronze would be good choices for the show.
Football is full of characters and involving them in ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ is a good idea. The sport is so popular at present and good viewing figures would be guaranteed. Footballers don’t always be put across as the smartest sports players around, perhaps this show might dispel those theories.