The Premier League A-Listers
It has been a crazy Premier League season to say the least. English striker Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s league record of scoring in 10 consecutive games, Leicester City have competed at the top of the table, and other promoted teams proved their worth in the league. Practically no one expected such a unpredictable season with last season’s title winners Chelsea floundering near the bottom of the league and former Champions League winners Manchester United faltering under the guidance of manager Louis Van Gaal.
This unpredictability is what makes the Premier League exciting, fascinating, and astonishing all at the same time. No wonder fans from all walks of life invest a portion of their time to catch the games live across the globe – with the league being the most watched out of all of the top leagues. With the Premier League attracting the best managers too, with the likes of Pep Guardiola taking over at Manchester City next summer and talk of former Juventus manager Antonio Conte joining Chelsea the league has a raft of world class managers.
While the Premier League is the highest profile league in the world, it has attracted the interests of many celebrities over the years. Players have befriended athletes from other sports, businessmen, movie stars and musicians. However, there have been some rather peculiar ones, such as Michael Jackson becoming a Fulham fan due to his friendship with the former Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed.
Ever wondered what clubs have celebrity fans? Here’s a look at some of the clubs in the Premier League and their high profile fans.
Arsenal has a huge fan base all over the world. The club’s biggest fans include former DJ and current TV star Idris Elba, as well as hip hop mogul Jay-Z. Elba was once even rumoured to have invited Charlize Theron to watch a Gunners game live.
Ozzy Osbourne, and his Black Sabbath brethren Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, are passionate Aston Villa fans. During their Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, Butler even expressed his love for the club by shouting “Up the Villa!” on stage.
Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn, is a massive Chelsea fan. He’s often times seen donning the club’s signature colours and has even cited former manager, Jose Mourinho, as “the special one.”
Sir Paul McCartney and his family support Everton. While many immediately think that McCartney would be a Liverpool fan, he went the blue side of the city when it comes to football due to his Dad’s allegiance with Everton. Furthermore, fans lobbied for the Beatles member to buy the football club years ago.
The Reds’ biggest fan in the music industry is none other than rap royalty, Dr. Dre. This love goes way back to the late 1980s, when Dre did a promotion tour in London with NWA.
Oasis founder, Noel Gallagher, is a huge Manchester City and has been a season ticket holder for many years regardless of him living in London. He once made a humorous yet bold statement about his wife and City midfielder David Silva.
Before becoming a shareholder in the club, Sir Elton John was introduced as the chairman of Watford in 1976. Last season, he had a new stand named after him at Vicarage Road.
Grammy Award-winning artist Adele and WWE wrestler/rapper John Cena have one thing in common: they’re both Tottenham Hotspurs fans. Adele was born in this particular part of London and her family has Spurs’ in their blood, while Cena developed a love for the club in 2008.
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