In the world of video games, one genre that keeps gamers coming back time and time again is the realm of sports.
It seems that regardless of how trash the latest Madden or FIFA may get labelled, franchise fans are forever willing to immediately purchase the next installment in those particular franchises. With Ultimate Team and other money-sapping elements at play in these series, such games can be a serious cash cow for, in those cases, EA Sports.
The point here, is that people love a good sports release - and such games have a die-hard fan base well and truly engrained in them.
Across the pantheon of sports, though, there are those rare real-life athletes and personalities who somehow manage to transcend multiple sports and find themselves turning up in numerous different sports-based games. Sometimes this pulls on the very real multi-sport background of a person, while other times such inclusions are done more as a fun piece of unlockable content, pre-order exclusive or DLC.
Focussing on those names who have appeared in multiple sports releases, here are seven people who you may not be aware have appeared in three (or in some cases, four!) different sorts of sports video game genres (thanks to SquaredCircle reddit for the inspiration to this article!)
7. Honorary Mention: Dave Bautista
Before getting into the meat of this list, Dave Bautista is more than worthy of a special shout out.
These days, Big Dave is known as an actor who loves to push himself with a variety of different roles, from Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to Mr Hinx in the James Bond franchise, to Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049, to Tong Po in Kickboxer: Vengeance.
Affectionately known as the Animal, Bautista famously first made his mark as a professional wrestler, having been a huge part of WWE throughout the 2000s and beyond. As part of that, that meant that Bautista - or Batista, as his wrestling moniker was spelt - has appeared in a total of 22 WWE video games across the years.
There are no other 'sport' games for Dave, but his presence has been felt in other video game offerings. First and foremost, there was an entire ad campaign built around the fact that you can choose to select Batista as Marcus Fenix for the single player campaign mode of Gears 5.
As for a third element here, the likeness of Dave Bautista has also been used for several Marvel-driven releases, with Drax the Destroyer becoming an increasingly popular Marvel character since Dave first brought Drax to life in 2014.