From Usain Bolt to Michael Jackson, Elton John to Russell Brand, football has had its fair share of celebrity fans – some, it has to be said, more fair-weather than others. And there’s something about seeing an A-lister (less so a Z-lister) donning a club’s colours that gets fans talking – one way or another.
Who can forget Delia’s cries of ‘Let’s be having you’ (there’s probably a lot of people who would like to forget) or Noel Gallagher celebrating scooping the Premier League in 2019 with his City icons with an impromptu rendition of ‘Wonderwall’ (Liam would probably like to forget that one). But it’s not just Delia and Noel flying the flag for football teams as our Twitter followers established when we asked you to hit us up with pics of celebrities in team shirts. There are a fair few surprises thrown in there and more than a sprinkling of big hitters, but whether it’s just a celeb gimmick or a genuine love affair, we’ll leave that up to you to decide…
Hooray for Hollywood
You know your team’s made it when Hollywood comes calling…
Take Kiefer Sutherland sporting the unmistakable tartan offering from Celtic in 2014 when the Bhoys notched their fourth consecutive league title.
It doesn’t get much better than Aragorn, Ranger of the North and King of Gondor, backing your team (okay, Viggo Mortensen if you want to be pedantic). Not only has he rocked a number of shirts from Argentinian side San Lorenzo de Almagro, he even wore a San Lorenzo waistcoat at the Oscars in 2019 – now that’s dedication!
Saint Johnstone fans may have thought they’d struck the big time when Lionel Richie was pictured with their 2017/18 home shirt, but sadly he was just as accommodating for Chesterfield, Carlisle and Shrewsbury as he announced a UK tour!
Ever wondered about who has got the best football shirt collection ever. Answer: The pope. You only have to search the web to find images of him clasping Brazil, Juventus and… Sunderland shirts. Or, as here, San Lorenzo… I imagine him and Aragorn have a lot to talk about!