Which football team does your favourite celebrity support? We’ve taken a cross-section of a few celebs who are known to be football fans, starting with the Royals.
Prince William Supports Aston Villa
As a Royal Prince, William should be neutral in many things, but when it comes to the beautiful game, he is a lifelong supporter of Aston Villa. He is, of course, President of the FA and as such it would have pained him to have to hand over the FA Cup trophy to Arsenal when they beat Villa in the final in 2015. He did, however, and he did it with suitable aplomb.
Prince Harry Supports Arsenal
While his brother, Prince William, is a self-confessed Aston Villa supporter, Prince Harry has declared he supports Arsenal. So, in 2015, when Aston Villa faced Arsenal in the FA Cup final, it wasn’t only two clubs who were battling it out, the two princes were also at odds, and before Megan Markle came in the scene too!
Kate Middleton Supports Chelsea
Kate Middleton has revealed she is a Chelsea supporter. Her admission was made during a children’s charity event at the Anna Freud Christmas party when she shared her secret with a little boy named Rjay Bryan. They high-fived to celebrate their joint support.
King Charles II Supports Burnley
King Charles likes a bit of claret and blue too, but in his case, it’s worn by Burnley. When asked about whom he supports while he was still the Prince of Wales, he nominated Burnley because that is where a consortium of his charities is based. He also went on to say that Burnley has seen some challenging times, and he aspires to find ways to help regenerate and lift aspirations and self-esteem in the region.
The club presented him with a special VIP season ticket and a club shirt with the name “HRH” on the back.
That’s where some of the Royals’ allegiances lie, but what about politicians?
Boris Johnson Supports Every London Team
In an answer that typifies how politicians side step answering specific questions, when, as acting Mayor of London, he was asked which football club he supported, he dodged the issue by saying, “Every club in London.” Pretty unlikely, but then again he always played fast and loose with the truth.
Rishi Sunak Supports Southampton
Despite his political colour being decidedly blue, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is definitely a red when it comes to his favourite football team. It’s Southampton, and his favourite player of all time is Matt Le Tissier.
On the other side of the Commons, Keir Starmer is a staunch Arsenal supporter.
How about the musicians?
Harry Styles Supports Manchester United
When he was 19 years old, Harry Stiles, a then member of boy band One Direction, attended the premiere of “The Class of 92,” a documentary about David Beckham and five other Manchester United players. He declared his affinity with Man U and his admiration of David Beckham, of whom he said, “Absolutely David is inspiring. He’s a legend.”
Niall Horan Supports Derby County
Niall Horan, another member of boy band One Direction, supports Derby County. One day when flying back to Dublin, he met the Derby County squad on the plane. Niall’s father told the players what a big fan of the team his son was, and it was arranged he could be one of their mascots. That sealed his support forever.
Stormzy Supports Manchester United
Rapper Stormzy is a passionate Manchester United supporter. Not only does he follow the Red Devils, but alongside sponsors Adidas, he has also launched his own football team, Merky FC, to help highlight the scarcity of coloured individuals in senior positions in sport.
Ed Sheeran Supports Ipswich Town
Ed Sheeran was thought to be a Chelsea fan as he has been spotted at Stamford Bridge on several occasions. However, he was accompanying his father, who is an avid Blues fan. Ed himself is an Ipswich Town supporter. It’s where he grew up. It’s a long time since the Town’s glory days under Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson and when several Ipswich Town players turned film star alongside Pele in Escape to Victory, but that doesn’t faze Ed.
He was confirmed as an official shirt sponsor for Ipswich Town’s 2021-22 season and has also been awarded an official squad number – number 17.
Paul McCartney Supports Everton
Macca is thought to be an Everton supporter. He was once seen in the stands at Wembley in 1968 when Everton played West Bromwich Albion. Unfortunately for the Beatle, West Brom won 1-0.
Aitch Supports Manchester United
The rapper Aitch supports Manchester United. Manchester is his hometown, so it was always going to be United or City that won his support, but he is best mates with Jesse Lingard, and that swung the pendulum in United’s favour. Earlier this year, in June 2023, Aitch revealed Man U’s new home kit when he performed at Glastonbury wearing the new 2022/2023 shirt.
Drake Supports Chelsea
Canadian-born rapper Drake’s hometown is Toronto, Canada, and he is a big fan of the Toronto Raptors basketball team. He is also a fan of soccer, and his favourite English team is Chelsea. In 2012, before Chelsea’s semi-final clash with Barcelona, Drake was seen having a kickaround with several Chelsea players, including John Terry.
Liam and Noel Gallagher Support Manchester City
The Gallagher brothers’ well-publicised feud and dislike of each other are not enough to prevent them from supporting the same football club. That club is Manchester, whom both have supported since childhood.
Lewis Capaldi Supports Glasgow Celtic
Lewis Capaldi is a Scot, born and bred, despite his Italian-sounding surname. The singer hails from Glasgow, where you are either a Rangers or Celtic fan. For Capaldi, it is most certainly Glasgow Celtic. He is often seen sporting the green-hooped shirts of his club during performances and is also prone to break out in popular Celtic chants mid-show.
Justin Bieber Supports Everton – or is it Arsenal or Barcelona?
Pop sensation Justin Bieber has been seen flying three flags for English football teams. In 2015 he was photographed in full Everton kit during a kickabout with friends. However, in 2011 he was seen kicking the ball around with the Barcelona team at Cap Nou, and in 2016 he wore an Arsenal shirt in a kick-about. Sounds like one of the fickle fans.
Let’s take a quick at football support in Formula 1.
Lewis Hamilton Supports Arsenal
Since he was just 6 years old, Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton has been an Arsenal supporter. Back in 2015, Hamilton, the F1 ace, was invited to participate and captain an exhibition 5 aside match with Arsenal legends, including Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell. The game was billed as Hamilton vs Henry, and you can click here to see the video.
George Russell Supports Wolverhampton Wanderers
George, “The Rocket” Russell, hails from Kings Lynn in Norfolk, but that is not where the 25-year-old Fi driver’s favourite football team is based. He is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers. It’s because his father is a season ticket holder and goes to every game at Molineux. Russell’s busy F1 schedule means he can only join his dad now and again, but each time he goes, he loves it.
Max Verstappen Supports PSV Eindhoven
Hamilton’s rival for F1 driver honours, Max Verstappen, hails from the Netherlands, so naturally, he supports a Dutch team, and that team is PSV Eindhoven. On the international stage, outside the Netherlands, he supports Barcelona FC.
How about stars of stage and screen?
Bradley Walsh Supports Arsenal
Long before Bradley Walsh became the much-loved host of the TV game show The Chase, he was a professional footballer. He was signed by Brentford when he was 18 but didn’t make the first team too many times and was loaned out to Barnet. In 1982 he suffered a career-ending ankle fracture injury and turned to films and TV. Today, along with other celeb buddies, he participates in Soccer Aid.
He has always been a big Arsenal fan.
Tom Hanks Supports Aston Villa
Tom Hanks might not have seen many of Aston Villa’s matches, he went to Villa’s pre-season friendly at Portland Timbers, USA, in 2012, flying in from Los Angeles to watch the match. That’s about it, but he is a devoted fan. It started when he heard the team’s name and imagined their home to be a sweet little spa resort.
Now he knows the truth, but he is still a big fan. When they were relegated from the Premier League, he said: “Listen. Rooting for a football team is a life lesson; there are ups, and there are downs. You’ve just got to roll with them.”
Sylvester Stallone Supports Everton
Famous Rocky star Sly Stallone is a keen Everton fan, so much so that back in 2007, as a regular visitor at Goodison Park, he said he regretted not putting in a bid to buy the club.
Daniel Craig Supports Liverpool
Despite TalkSPORT presenter Mike Parry insisting that James Bond 007 is a national hero who belongs to the whole of England and who should therefore be neutral when it comes to football teams, actor Daniel Craig makes no bones about the fact that he is a staunch Liverpool supporter.
Tom Hardy Keeps Schtum on Which Team He Supports (Maybe Tottenham?)
British film star Tom Hardy remains tight-lipped about which football team he supports. The 45-year-old star of films including Mad Max – Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, The Revenant, and Venom, has been linked by the rumour mill to Tottenham Hotspur, based on the fact he provided the commentary for the Netflix series – Tottenham-All or Nothing. However, he refuses to be drawn forth on the subject.
David Tenant Supports Hibernian
David Tenant is not a Manchester United fan. Some might think he is following his role as first-team coach, Jimmy Murphy, to the so-called Busby Babes in the film “United.” The film covered the 1958 Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of eight team members and 22 of the 44 other passengers aboard the plane that crashed on its third attempt at take-off. Scottish-born Tenant is, in fact, an avid supporter of Scottish Premiership club, Hibernian.
Cillian Murphy Might Support Glasgow Celtic
The only clue to which football team Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy might support is a post on the 90min.com website that says that he is supposedly one of many famous faces whose allegiances lie with Celtic. However, Murphy guards his privacy jealously, and it is not possible to verify his allegiance either to football or any particular club.
Emma Watson Supports Chelsea
Emma Watson makes no secret of the fact that she is a Chelsea supporter. However, she is also a big fan of the English national women’s team, the Lionesses and was recently one of several celebs participating in revealing squad members.
Jenna Ortega Supports Barcelona FC
Now 20 years of age, Jenna Ortega has played various roles in films such TV shows such as Jane the Virgin, The Fallout, and her biggest success to date – Wednesday Addams. It turns out she’s into Spanish football, and her two favourite teams are Real Madrid and Barcelona. But when push comes to shove, it’s Barcelona that rocks her boat.
How about the fighters? Who do they support?
Jake Paul Supports Liverpool
YouTube and boxing sensation Jake Paul put any doubts about his football allegiance to bed in 2022, when just before the Merseyside derby if April 2022, he posed for a photograph wearing the full Liverpool kit in a number 11 Mo Salah shirt. Salah is Paul’s football hero. To put his support beyond doubt, he sent his apologies to Everton, saying the Blues would get spanked by the Reds.
Tommy Fury Supports Manchester United
Boxer and Love Island star Tommy Fury, the half-brother of Tyson Fury, recently played for the Soccer Aid World XI FC team under Captain Usain Bolt. The match was played at Old Trafford. It made the occasion even more special for Tommy as he grew up around the ground and is a firm Manchester United supporter.
Anthony Joshua Supports Watford (and Real Madrid)
Boxing legend Anthony Joshua supports two teams, one in the English League and one in La Liga. The English team is Watford. It happens to be his hometown. Another factor was that his close friend, Troy Deeney, played for the Hornets from 2010 and 2021. Joshua also follows Real Madrid. His interest in the Spanish giants was instigated by Cristiano Ronaldo (his favourite player) while he was on their books.
Tyson Fury Supports Manchester United
Tyson Fury, the so-called “Gypsy King” of heavyweight boxing, is an ardent supporter of Manchester United. He was delighted to see the back of Cristiano Ronaldo and welcomes the new Eric van Tag era, particularly United’s lifting of the Carabao Cup and their qualification for the 2023/24 Champions League.
Conor McGregor Supports Manchester United
Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor is a Manchester United supporter. The double champion in the featherweight and lightweight UFC divisions, who at one stage switched sports to fight Floyd Mayweather, has been a big fan of the Red Devils since childhood.
How about the millionaires?
Elon Musk Maybe Supports Manchester United
It’s not 100% sure which football team Tesla boss and multi-millionaire Elon Musk supports, but when he was a child, it is known that he was a keen Manchester United supporter. Last year, Musk did Tweet that he was considering buying the club. However, when asked later if he was serious, he replied that it was no more than a long-running joke on Twitter and that he was not intent on buying any sports teams.
Who the comedians support.
Michael McIntyre Supports Tottenham Hotspur
Michael McIntyre is a Spurs supporter. He is in good celebrity company with other famous Lillywhite supporters, including the likes of Adelle, Tom Holland, Jude Law, and JK Rowling.
James Corden Supports West Ham
Just like his character “Smithy” in Gain and Stacey, James Corden is an outspoken West Ham United supporter. As host of “A League of Their Own,” he would happily chat away and take stick about the Hammers’ misfortunes. But with his team having just won the Europa Conference League, he will now be grinning out of the other side of his face.
Matt Lucas Supports Arsenal
The comedy actor Matt Lucas who took the nation by storm in “Little Britain,” is a devoted Arsenal fan. He famously won a 175 to1 bet when Arsenal played Leeds, having predicted that Eddie Nketiah would open the scoring and that defender Luke Ayling would be shown a red card. It landed him a tidy sum.
Micky Flanagan Supports Spurs
If there was any doubt about Micky Flanagan’s football allegiance, it has now been set aside courtesy of the comedian’s alternative commentary video back in 2017. It is Tottenham Hotspur. The video he made, just before a North London derby with Arsenal, offers some insightful information, such as, “he’s passed it, and he’s shot it – two of the key ingredients in football there.” Classic.
Last but not least….
Gareth Southgate Supports Manchester United
Being the manager of the England men’s national football team, Gareth Southgate remains quiet about the team he supports, and understandably so. But in his childhood, he was a fan of Manchester United. Since then, his playing and managerial career has seen him at several English clubs, including Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Crystal Palace, so he retains allegiances to them all, but Man U will always have a special place in his heart.