Although India is a cricket-dominant nation, football also has a decent presence in the country. In fact, in the northeastern states and in Kerala, football is the more popular sport. Indian cricketers have also time and again shown interest in the game. In this article, we take a look at six popular Indian cricketers and their favourite football club.
In many interviews, Indian cricketers have revealed that football is their favourite warmup routine. There have also been a few charity games held when Indian cricketers played football. Naturally, some players also have loyalty towards particular clubs. We take a look at this in the below article.
1) MS Dhoni – Manchester United
MS Dhoni started his playing career as a footballer. It was while he was a goalkeeper that his coach spotted his potential wicket-keeping skills. Hence, MSD is an obvious fan of the game. He also served as EPL’s ambassador in India. For Dhoni, Manchester United is the favourite club. Not only in interviews, but MSD has also been to the Theatre of Dreams on a couple of occasions.
2) Yuvraj Singh – Manchester United
In this list of cricketers and their favourite football clubs, Yuvraj Singh makes a mention with his club of support being Manchester United. He has revealed it in many interviews. Yuvi also uses his social media account to show his love for the club. He likes or retweets whenever the club gets to an important win.
3) Rohit Sharma – Real Madrid
Rohit Sharma has been La Liga’s ambassador in India. He supports Real Madrid, the most successful European club. Many times, we have seen Hitman sport the famous white hue of Real Madrid. A couple of seasons ago, when Madrid lifted the La Liga title, Rohit took to his social media account to celebrate the success.
4) Rahul Dravid – Arsenal
In this list of Indian cricketers and their favourite football club, we have Rahul Dravid as well. Although Dravid usually shies away in revealing his personal favourites publicly, in this case, the former Indian cricketer has made a statement. The ‘Wall’ is an admirer of Arsenal, the club that plays in the English Premier League. Dravid has said that he was impressed by legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s ideology.
5) Virat Kohli – Juventus (The club where Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays)
Actually, Virat Kohli has hinted very little about his favourite football team. He enjoys a great relationship with Spurs captain Harry Kane and is also a fan of many German footballers. Virat has been to games involving Chelsea. That said, Virat has always admired Cristiano Ronaldo as an athlete. He sometimes has said that he supports every team that Ronaldo represents, be it club or international football. Hence, Virat supports Juventus, the Italian team that has Ronaldo on its roster.
6) KL Rahul – Borussia Dortmund/Manchester United
Indian batsman KL Rahul has publicly stated that he is a huge fan of Manchester United. He had also been to the Old Trafford Stadium when India toured England a few years ago. However, a couple of days ago, KLR was seen enjoying a good time with players from the German football team Borussia Dortmund. Rahul was also pictured in the club’s famous yellow and black jersey.