Celebrity Soccer Fans You Didn’t Know Were Fans

Written by Salvatore Bono

Soccer is for everyone, even the rich and famous.

celebrity-soccer-fansSome famous faces are known to show their undying support for The Beautiful Game. The Gallagher brothers from Oasis are massive Manchester City fans. Bob Marley was constantly photographed with a soccer ball at his feet. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is an outspoken Aston Villa supporter.

Like them, there are many celebrities who are crazy about soccer – a faction of which we bet you didn’t know.

Drake

Probably the most famous face in music now, the Toronto rapper is a massive soccer fan. He loves playing FIFA and supports his  native Toronto FC. However, he is also a big fan of Juventus, Chelsea, Barcelona and players like Mario Balotelli, Drogba, and Tim Cahill.

In fact, he even rapped about Super Mario once. In the song, “Enough Said,” he threw in the line: “serving it by the tele, to venues in Manchester/Just swerving with Balotelli, the f*ck are you trying to tell me.”

If you flip through his Instagram page, you will see his love for the game.

It’s levels to thi…never mind. #SangNoir #ShouldHaveBeenASoccerPlayer #EuroLifestyle #CreamsicleGuts

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LeBron James

Unquestionably the biggest and most famous American athlete around the world is LeBron James. When the Cavs star and NBA champ puts his name on something, you better believe it is going to be met with massive support.

In 2011, the basketball star invested in Liverpool and has thrown his support behind the Reds ever since.

Snoop Dogg

Sure, the hip-hop legend is friends with David Beckham but did you know that Snoop D-O-Double G is a part owner of Celtic? In 2012, he invested into the then-struggling Scottish club.

He does love his FIFA as much as he loves his weed. While he may have part ownership of Celtic, he doesn’t stray from his love of Norwhich City. And Manchester United. And A.C. Milan.

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Kobe Bryant

The L.A. Laker icon grew up in Italy and speaks the language fluently. As a child he recognized greatness and gravitated to A.C. Milan. He has been a fan ever since.

When he retired from the club, Milan sent a special message to the NBA legend on social media.

However, greatness always recognizes greatness – Bryant is also close friends with Leo Messi and has been photographed numerous times in Barca gear.

Sylvester Stallone

We all know that Sly loves boxing but did you know he loves soccer? The actor is a massive Everton supporter and part investor in the Merseyside club. In fact, he’s so close with Everton’s execs that he was able to secure Goodison Park to film the epic ending of director Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spin-off, Creed.

Also, let’s not forget that Stallone starred with Pele and Bobby Moore in the 1981 soccer film, Victory.  More on the best soccer films this way.

Stephen Curry

The best shooter in the NBA is also a huge Leo Messi fan. The Golden State Warrior pleaded with the Barcelona star for a signed jersey. Messi also seems to be a fan of Curry and asked for a signed basketball jersey in return. The two obliged. Win/Win.

Drew Carey

Prior the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the comedian and Price is Right host had a Travel Channel special to show off how much he loves soccer and what fans could expect in Germany as they watched at home. A few years later, not surprisingly, he became a minority owner of MLS side Seattle Sounders.

Sounders owners Drew Carey and Joe Roth get the crowd going!

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Will Ferrell

The funnyman starred in the film Kicking and Screaming. In addition to being photographed wearing a Chelsea jersey on several occasions, he has furthered his love of soccer by becoming a minority owner to incoming MLS franchise LAFC.

LAFC part-owner Will Ferrell at the ground breaking ceremony for @LAFC's Banc of California Stadium.

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Spike Lee

Spike Lee loves the New York Knicks more than anyone and probably anything. However, the filmmaker is also a supporter of Arsenal and Inter Milan. Aside from proudly wearing their gear around New York and Europe, he frequents matches whenever he can.

The 2006 documentary, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, had such a profound impact on the director that it inspired him to do the documentary Kobe Doin’ Work.

Steve Nash

The former NBA All-Star was supposed to be a soccer player but instead picked basketball as a career. That never stopped him from loving The Beautiful Game. The outspoken Tottenham Hotspur supporter puts on a charity soccer match through his Steve Nash Foundation in New York City each year called “The Showdown in Chinatown” which pits pro soccer players, basketball players and celebs against each other.

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