Top athletes and their furry friends: the best pets in the world of sports

  • There are few things humans collectively like more than pets, and superstar athletes are no exception.
  • When the world's most impressive sports stars are not training or competing, we often see them spending time with their furry friends.
  • In this day and age, social media makes famous athletes more accessible than ever, and as a result, some of their pets have taken on cult followings of their own.
  • Now check out the 55 best pets of superstar athletes below.

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Tiger Woods with Yogi, Bugs, and Taz.

Golf legend Tiger Woods has three furry friends at home. Their names are Yogi, Bugs, and Taz.

Marosca and Cristiano Ronaldo

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has a yellow labrador named Marosca. The Juventus star is a known dog lover who made news in 2017 for helping 80 pups in a kennel.

Wrigley, Rasta, and Elena Delle Donne

Washington Mystics superstar Elena Delle Donne and her wife, Amanda, have a Great Dane named Wrigley and a mutt named Rasta. Wrigley even has his very own Instagram account.

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Lua and Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady often takes his dog, Lua, for walks around Boston.

(Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

... and Scooby Brady

In 2015, Brady adopted Scooby without consulting his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. He had he always wanted a Beagle and took Scooby home when no one else wanted him.

... and Fluffy Brady

Bundchen returned the favor a year later, adopting Fluffy without consulting the five-time Super Bowl champion.

Lucy, Leo, Bear, and Lindsey Vonn

Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn has three adopted dogs, Lucy, Leo, and Bear, and they share an epic Instagram account that chronicles their adventures.

Reza and Stephen Curry

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry has a very fluffy labradoodle named Reza.

(Photo via Facebook)

...and Rookie Curry

Reza got a little brother in March of 2017 when Curry and his wife, Ayesha, brought home Rookie.

Boujee and JuJu Smith-Schuster

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster may be the owner of the most fabulous dog in the NFL. Boujee — a French Bulldog with over 170,000 Instagram followers— gets up to all sorts of crazy shenanigans with his dad.

Rocco and Klay Thompson

The same year that he became one half of the Golden State Warriors' Splash Brothers duo, Klay Thompson adopted his beloved Rocco. The English Bulldog has been with Thompson through his rise to stardom and his three NBA Finals championships, but only Rocco has let the fame get to his head.

Thompson even had a Rocco-inspired birthday cake in 2018.

Atom, Humber, and Alexis Sanchez

Chilean Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez has golden retrievers named Atom and Humber. They are very famous on Instagram.

Brodie and Russell Westrook

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has a little dog named Brodie. They love to jam out on social media.

Zo and Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant brought home an English bulldog puppy back when he played with Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

(Photo via Facebook)

Westbrook and Durant collaborated to promote The Secret Life of Pets. Zo and Sasha, Westbrook's other dog, were the stars of the commercial.

Chip and Serena Williams

All-time tennis great Serena Williams takes her beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Chip, everywhere from lunches to matches.

Princess, Naomi, and Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a huge dog lover, but no pooch holds a spot in his heart quite like his Great Danes, Princess and Naomi.

... and his newest addition

Wilson and his wife, popstar Ciara, welcomed a grey Great Dane puppy to join their pack in March of 2018.

Hulk and Lionel Messi

Barcelona star and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has a giant dog, Hulk, who loves to play soccer.

King and Paul George

Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George has a pet Pitbull named King. They love playing basketball together.

... and Kobe George

George loves Pitbulls so much that he got another and named it after his favorite player, Kobe Bryant.

Lucy and Allyson Felix

Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix got Lucy shortly after her beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Chloe, passed away in 2016. Lucy is so glamorous that she even takes endorsement shots with Felix.

Juno, Legend, and Michael Phelps

American swimmer Michael Phelps — who became the most decorated Olympian of all time in 2012 — has two French Bulldogs at home in addition to his two sons. According to the pups' shared Instagram, Juno was "named after the Roman goddess who was an Olympian & Queen of the gods."

Lilo and Simone Biles

Fellow record-breaking Olympian Simone Biles also has a pet Frenchie. Biles and her boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr., took home Lilo when she was just a puppy in February of 2018. She had over 40,000 followers on Instagram before her first birthday.

Harvey and Patty Mills

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills has a labradoodle named Harvey who apparently makes a great guard dog.

Maverick, Rosey, and David Backes

A right wing for the Boston Bruins, David Backes is a huge animal lover and spends much of his free time helping animals in need. He and his wife, Kelly, founded Athletes for Animals in 2013.

Rocky, Drew, and Kyrie Irving

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has two dogs: Drew, who he named after his alter-ego Uncle Drew, and Rocky.

Siber and Gordon Hayward

Fellow Celtics star Gordon Hayward has two daughters and is expecting a third in January. He and his German Shepard Siber are the only men in their crowded house.

Lola and Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie became the youngest player to qualify for an amateur USGA championship at 10 years old and has been a staple on the LPGA tour since. Her Pomeranian pup, Lola, comes with Wie wherever she goes.

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Chief and Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has an adorable Cane Corso named Chief.

...and Flash Simmons 

Simmons later got an adorable French Bulldog named Flash.

Gibson and Aly Raisman

Former gymnast and three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman adopted her terrier mix, Gibson, after meeting him at an NBC Olympics photo shoot featuring adoptable pups.

"I knew from the moment I saw Gibson that it was meant to be,"Raisman told Us. "My dog Coco recently passed away and my family has been so devastated. Gibson's personality reminded my mom and I so much of Coco. Of course from the second we saw him we asked about adopting Gibson."

Deuce and Lonzo Ball

Point guard Lonzo Ball got a Rottweiler puppy shortly after he was first drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. He named the dog Deuce in honor of his No. 2 jersey.

Cash and LiAngelo Ball

Lonzo's younger brother, LiAngelo, got a Rottweiler puppy of his own. He named her Cash.

Dip and LaMelo Ball

Of course Melo had to get one, too. His is called Dip.

Pacman and Manny Pacquiao 

Boxer Manny Pacquiao and his aptly-named dog, Pacman, know how to stay in shape.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Natty and Jahlil Okafor

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor has a Rottweiler named Natty in honor of the national championship he won with the Duke Blue Devils in 2015.

Duke and Tyus Jones

Okafor's college teammate and current Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones also named his puppy in honor of that title run. The Husky Pomeranian mix is called Duke Stones Jones.

Birdie and Gus Kenworthy

American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy regularly takes his dog, Birdie, out for walks in New York.

Jefe, Noah, and Justise Winslow 

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has two bulldogs, El Jefe and Noah.

Bentley and Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has a pup, Bentley, who looks sharp when the occasion demands it. He also made a very special announcement on behalf of Cousins and his wife in 2017.

Koko and Meyers Leonard

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard has a beautiful Husky named Koko. His beloved Husky Bella — who became famous after making an appearance at Leonard's wedding— passed away late in 2017.

Astro and David Price

Boston Red Sox ace David Price has one of the most lovable pups in the MLB. His French Bulldog, Astro, loves to take trips to the ballpark.

Poker and Neymar

Brazilian soccer star Neymar has a golden retriever called Poker. Poker's Instagram account has over 60,000 followers.

Muppet and Robin Lopez

Chicago Bulls big man Robin Lopez and his furry friend, Muppet, look a lot alike.

...and Prince Edward Lopez

Lopez also has a very fuzzy cat named Prince Edward.

Bronco and Tim Tebow

The college football star turned short-lived NFL quarterback turned professional baseball player has a stoic looking pup named Bronco.

Cassie and Andrew Wiggins

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins adores his adopted pooch, Cassie.

Brady, Wilson, and Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has two Labrador retrievers, Brady and Wilson.

Ace, Deuce, Jack Jack, and Ezekiel Elliot

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot has three dogs, but his Rottweiler, Ace, is his first and most well known.

Meek and Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has a pet monkey who reportedly wears a little diaper.

Carmelo Anthony and his camel

NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has a pet camel. His reasoning for getting one? "Everybody got dogs and cats as pets, I got a camel!"

Sammy and Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick's tortoise, Sammy, is over 10 years old.

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