As a Cricket fan , the fact can surprise you, cricketers also follow football. Football played in more than 200 countries and it attracts the interest of of many cricketers around the globe. But today we are going to tell you about the 5 Indian cricketing legends who are Die Heart football fans.

5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Arguably the best Wicket-Keeper Captain started his sports journey as a Goal Keeper, during his school days

Manchester United the most followed team in India. Even the Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni cannot keep himself out of this craze. As a goalkeeper from the school days , his love for the football cannot surprise anybody. Dhoni is the co-owner of the Indian super league franchise ‘Chennaiyin FC’ and has been the brand ambassador of ‘Barclays Premier League’ in India. Dhoni also follows David Moyes. In an interview he said, “Football is very exciting and close to my heart. Even today, I play football as a warm-up game ahead of key cricket matches”.

4. Sourav Ganguly

Bengalis have the traditional love for Football

“Jo Football Na Khele Wo Bengauli Kaisa?” Like Dhoni, Ganguly is also a big fan of Manchester United. He started following the United team when he was playing for the Lancashire in the English county. In an statement Ganguly told, Manchester United is his favorite club, especially when David Beckham used to play. Now the attachment is lesser, but its still there. When I went to play for Lancashire county, it was then that I fell in love with the Premier League, and Manchester United.” The prince of Kolkata was the co owner of the ISL franchise ATK. He also wanted to promote the game in India.

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3. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar


The God Of Cricket could have become the God Of Football as well

Sachin is also a huge fan of Manchester United. He loves watching the game with Sir Bobby Charlton in United team. He was the co owner of the Kerala Blasters in Hero Indian Super League which started in order to promote the game in India but he quit the team in 2017. In an interview with SkyTV he said,

 “I attended a Manchester United match and obviously Sir Bobby Charlton was there, so we watched the game together. It was a fantastic experience. I really enjoyed the atmosphere there.”

“ The fan engagement and how they respond to every little thing that they do is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and it was a memorable one. Just to be Manchester United’s guest was special.”

2. Virat Kohli

Among currently active Cricketers, Virat is the one who follows Football deeply

India’s present captain Virat Kohli shows his love for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. Earlier he was a Manchester United fan but because of Ronaldo he shifted his loyalty. In an recent conference he stated, “It’s mainly because of Cristiano Ronaldo. I used to support Manchester United when he was playing there. Now my loyalties have shifted because of him. I think he is a truly amazing player. I love watching him play.”

“Football is a sport that is loved globally and it’s great to see so many kids having an interest in football apart from cricket as well in India.”

1. Rahul Dravid

Surprised but True, Dravid is an ardent Football Fan

It is difficult to digest that Rahul Dravid thinks something else apart from cricket. But you’ll be surprised to know that ‘the wall’ is big follower of the team Arsenal. In an interview he stated “professional and intellectual style” made him follow the team. Dravid has been a true legend. Like other Arsenal fans , he also hates Manchester United , the arch rivals.

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By Shivanshu Chauhan

A Professional Cricketer for past 4 Years for the teams of Lucknow and CISCE. He keeps an eye on all the Cricket insights which sometimes professional journos lack. He Keeps the wicket on the 22 Yards and takes care of the board meetings over here. No Official Statements go off from the website because of him. He keeps you updated by breaking News both in English and Hindi.