Pets provide more than just company; they often become unofficial team members. Athletes have long been known to be fiercely competitive, always looking for an edge. With a little motivation from their furry (or not furry) sidekicks, we watch these champions accomplish amazing feats.

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Lionel Messi Pets

Lionel Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer (AKA soccer). Messi has established records for goals scored during games and has also won awards for his athletic prowess. Lionel Messi’s dog is a big boy.

Mike Tyson Pets

Mike Tyson is also known as “The Champ”, “The Iron Man”, or “The Baddest Man on the Planet”. Tyson is known to have an affinity for exotic animals, especially tigers, and a passion for pigeons. He’s an American professional boxer, actor, TV personality, and comedian.

Jason Statham Pets

Jason Statham is an English actor. He found his niche as action/crime superstar for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). From there he gained further recognition through The Transporter trilogy (2002–2008), and later in the The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Ryan Lochte Pets

Ryan Lochtes is a 12-time Olympic medalist. Made famous by his record as an Olympian, Lochte found infamy when he falsely claimed that he and three other American swimmers were robbed by gunpoint at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Dwight Howard Pets

Dwight Howard is an American basketball player. A power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Howard has been a force to be reckoned with on the court since he was drafted first overall in 2004. One of Howard’s breakout roles came early in his career when he played for the Orlando Magic.

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Pets

Dwayne Johnson is also known as ‘The Rock’ or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Johnson’s charitable efforts are typically for human beings, however, in 2015, he donated $1,500 to pay for an abandoned dog’s surgery. He’s known for loving his tiny pups Brutus and Hobbs, the Frenchie brothers.

Cristiano Ronaldo Pets

Cristiano Ronaldo is known as a Portugese soccer player who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid soccer team and the Portugal national team. He is an animal rights activist and helped save a struggling dog kennel by raising money for 80 dogs. Ronaldo has two dogs and one cat who are all treated like European royalty by him and his wife Georgina Rodriguez.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pets

Floyd Mayweather Jr’s also known as Pretty Boy, Money, or TBE (“The Best Ever”) and is an American boxer. He’s known for his expensive taste (which trickles down to his pets, too) and showing off his extravagant wealth on social media, Mayweather also happens to be considered one of the best boxers of all time. Floyd Mayweather Jr Boxing Career Undefeated as a professional and five-division world champion, Mayweather has won twelve world titles in four different weight classes.

Usain Bolt Pets

Usain Bolt, born August 21, 1986, is a Jamaican sprinter. He is the fastest human ever timed and the first to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records. A nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games.

Serena Williams Pets

An American tennis player, Serena Williams born September 26, 1981 is the youngest of 5 daughters. Along with her sister Venus Williams, the Williams sisters went on to collectively win 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. On her own, she has a total of 22 Grand Slam titles.