Top 10 Celebrity Sports Fans
The FIFA World Cup is here and while the focus is on the famous – and not so famous – players on the pitch, there will be plenty of famous fans supporting from the sidelines. But which celebrity can lay claim to the title of ‘biggest sports fan’?
10. Daniel Craig
James Bond himself joins a long list of celebrity Liverpool fans, always keen to meet the squad whenever he’s in his home town of Liverpool, or if they cross over on tours to the USA.
9. Usain Bolt
The six-time Olympic gold medallist and multiple sprint world record holder not only loves Manchester United, but actually fancies himself as a player. He’s claimed in an interview that United would “hand him a five-year contract” if he was given a chance in a trial. The Soccer Aid ‘Rest of the World’ captain put in a reasonable performance at the weekend but I’m not sure United will be knocking on his door just yet.
8. Caroline Wozniacki
The former women’s tennis world number one is a huge Liverpool fan, and is regularly at games when she is close to the UK on the tour. She not only has multiple signed Gerrard replica shirts, but also tweeted upon her break-up with McIlroy “Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I’ll never walk alone”.
Married to Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique (what a life he has) and singer of the ‘Waka Waka’ 2010 South Africa World Cup song, Shakira loves her football. A Colombian national, she was also regularly on camera showing her support during their brilliant performance in the 2014 competition in Brazil. One to watch this year?
6. David Beckham
True sporting royalty, Becks is a sports fan through and through. Not just football either; he expertly caught a ball in the royal box at Wimbledon, is a regular at NBA games and has visited Twickenham for England Rugby Union games on a number of occasions.
5. Prince Harry & Prince William
Prince Harry was regularly caught on camera throughout England’s victorious 2003 Rugby World Cup campaign in Australia, showcasing his passion for English rugby. However, perhaps the defining image of the hugely successful 2015 tournament was the contrasting reactions of the two brothers, as Wales edged past England to all but seal their early exit.
4. Michael Phelps
The greatest Olympian of all time made a surprise appearance at an Arizona State University basketball game back in January, whilst he was using their pool for a training camp. The team have a special ‘curtain of distraction’ in the crowd behind each basket, which is opened with much furore whenever the opposition have a free throw.
On this occasion, Phelps was behind the curtain in nothing but his speedos, and all of the free throws were missed – distracting indeed.
3. David Cameron
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, forever trying to prove his credentials as a man of the people, claimed to be an ardent Aston Villa fan and was seen at games during his tenure as leader of the Conservative Party. However, the reason he makes this list is because of his monumental PR clanger in 2015, where he claimed he was a West Ham United fan. They may both wear a claret and blue kit, but it wasn’t enough to convince the public, who showed their amused disbelief on Twitter.
2. Will Ferrell
The King of American comedy has showcased his love for sport on a number of stages – crashing team USA’s soccer Fan HQ in during the 2014 Brazil World Cup, leading their horrendous “I believe that we will win” chant, appearing as a ‘Red Coat’ security guard at an LA Lakers game, and regularly being seen in the box at the US Open and asked to commentate.
1. Delia Smith
The queen of TV chefs is a majority shareholder at Norwich City FC, and still attends every home game. However it’s her on-pitch exploits that have got her on to this list, after her cringe-inducing half-time speech at Norwich after they’d raced into a 2-0 lead against Manchester City in 2005. Strolling onto the pitch and grabbing the microphone from the club announcer, Delia decided that the home crowd needed a lift.
In a drunken rant, Delia finished off with the now infamous soundbite “Where are you? Let’s be avin’ you!”. Needless to say, Norwich ended up losing the game 3-2, and were subsequently relegated in May. Oops.