Hatem Ben Arfastriker who built his career in Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle, PSG and Rennes, swapped the soccer ball for the paddle tennis racket.

The former French footballer, who He had a short spell at Real Valladolid in 2020he has been without a team since 2022 and now at 36 years old he stands out in the world of paddle tennis.

He 'Daily Star' reports that Hatem Ben Arfa has not officially retired from football, he played 70 tournaments in one year and is ranked in the top 1,500 players out of 42,000.

'Padel Magazine' published in November that Ben Arfa occupied “the honorable position 1,342 in the French ranking”.

Ben Arfa and his relationship with paddle tennis: “He just does it”

The diary 'The Parisian' reports that Hatem Ben Arfa trains padel four or five days a week in sessions lasting several hours, playing with Christophe Jallet O Cyril Hanouna.

“Ben Arfa doesn't do anything more than that. He plays every day or almost every day,” he explained. Roland Mermillodpadel referee of the competitions in which the football player participates.

“It's good to have him as a player. He's not stupid at all. He comes for pleasure. People are happy to play against him,” said the referee about padel player Ben Arfa.

This is how Ben Arfa played: the Top 5 of his career

To keep in a museum: the Top-5 of Ben Arfa's careerYouTube

Hatem Ben Arfa was capped 15 times by France and scored 2 goals.

Throughout his career, the talented footballer from Clamart (France) won 6 Leagues, 3 Cups, 5 Super Cups and 2 League Cups.

His last official match was on April 2, 2022.