Are athletes good role models or heroes?
After my statement from yesterday about Neymar and the game Brazil versus Belgium (1:2) in the evening (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/match/300331538/#match-summary), I would say that this is a difficult question, but tend to NO. Neymar had a really bad day and was once again much more actor than soccer player. He had several scenes where he tried to trick the referee or was complaining about correct decisions. He and his team deserved to go home. If you define yourself more by your haircut (https://menhairstylist.com/neymar-haircut/) than the way you play soccer and the results you have, then this is not a good example for all the soccer playing kids.
Another example is Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7), he might be a genious soccer player, but he just got a two-year suspended jail sentence and €18.8m fine over tax evasion case (https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/cristiano-ronaldo-jail-sentence-two-years-suspended-tax-evasion-case-fine-how-much-world-cup-2018-a8400631.html), what kind of role model is this and the kids do not even understand the background here.
So a difficult topic and the WWW is full of pros and cons stories with respect to my initial question of today. I fully agree that there are a lot of positive examples as well, take Dirk Nowitzki (http://www.swish41.com/), the German NBA basketball player as one. There are many more.
These guys are famous and earn a lot of money, because they are talented above average and their fan base loves them. They are people of interest always in the public without nearly any privacy, but they also have a responsibility to behave and to be/show a good example. They should take it serious!! Some more often than others 🙃.
What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that's how I approached the part. Christopher Reeve, American - Actor September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004