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The Most Famous Celebrity World Cup Fans

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

The Most Famous Celebrity World Cup Fans

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    Billions of eyes will be trained on Brazil next summer for the World Cup as 32 of the world's best national football teams battle it out for the biggest prize in the game.

    Cameras will no doubt fixate and focus on a few pairs of those eyes in the Brazilian crowd this summer as the world's most popular sports tournament is likely to attract some of the biggest celebrities.

    Here are some of the most famous people on the planet who will be preoccupied by the beautiful game for an entire month next year.

Shakira

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    The Colombian pop princess may have hips that are only capable of telling the truth, but which direction will they take her in during next summer's World Cup tournament?

    She should pull for the likes of Radamel Falcao, who represents her native Colombia, but her partner—and father of her child—Gerard Pique is a centre-back for the defending champions Spain. 

    Shakira is a regular at Barcelona games and lives in Catalonia with her family, so we suspect the singer of the official World Cup 2010 song will pick the latter. 

Pope Francis

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    Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, is a card-carrying member and passionate fan of his local Buenos Aires football team, San Lorenzo. 

    It seems likely, therefore, that he will be hoping Argentina upset hosts Brazil at next year's tournament.

    He is pictured above meeting Gigi Buffon and Leo Messi during the summer.

Rafael Nadal

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    The current tennis world No. 1 is the son of Miguel Angel Nadal, who played for Mallorca, Barcelona and the Spanish national team. 

    Despite his father's Blaugrana affiliation, Rafa is known as a huge Real Madrid fan. Next summer, he'll be supporting the national team his old man represented at three separate World Cups. 

Prince William

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    Last weekend, Prince William made the trip to Villa Park to see his beloved Aston Villa take on Sunderland.

    The 0-0 deadlock was one of the most boring games imaginable, so the current president of the English Football Association will be hoping for better entertainment when he cheers on the Three Lions in Brazil.

Hugh Jackman

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    Australian Hugh Jackman may be a big rugby fan (he is pictured here wearing a scarf of his local Sydney team, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), but he is also an admirer of the beautiful game, having professed his support for Norwich and attended MLS games in the past. 

    The Wolverine actor will be willing the Socceroos to defy expectation and get some points on the board at the World Cup. 

Noel Gallagher

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    Former Oasis virtuoso Noel Gallagher has been a Manchester City fan since he was a young boy peering over the advertising hoardings at Maine Road, but he also makes a point of taking time out of his schedule to attend major tournaments to watch England.

    Gallagher also has a soft spot for Italy, as he followed the Azzurri through the 2006 World Cup, thanks to his friendship with Alessandro Del Piero.

    The former Juventus striker even claimed the rock star was Italy's lucky charm on their way to winning the big prize. 

Kobe Bryant

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    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant spent part of his youth in Italy when his father's basketball career took him overseas.

    He developed a love of AC Milan and claimed that he would have tried to become a professional footballer if the NBA gig didn't work out.  

    Bryant will be cheering for the USMNT, much as he does frequently from his Twitter account

Irina Shayk

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    Much like fellow La Liga WAG Shakira, supermodel Irina Shayk will have divided loyalties at the 2014 World Cup.

    She will be hoping Portugal, led by her partner Cristiano Ronaldo, will go as far as possible—as long as it isn't at the expense of her native Russia. 

Angela Merkel

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    Unlike some world leaders whose football fandom seems like a shallow veneer—we're looking at you, David Cameron—German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a keen follower of the game.

    She attends all major tournaments to follow Die Mannschaft, is regularly seen at Bundesliga matches and was an honored guest at 2013's all-German Champions League Final. 

Drew Carey

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    As a part-owner of the Seattle Sounders MLS team, actor and comedian Drew Carey is clearly a genuine football fan.

    Carey has also gone to great lengths to watch the USA national side, including working several stints as a photographer for games leading up to and during the 2006 World Cup. 

Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, and grew up supporting FC Basel and the Swiss national team. 

    The 17-time Grand Slam champion regularly attends Basel matches (he is pictured at last season's Europa League loss to Chelsea) and recently tweeted his delight when his side overcame the Blues in the Champions League. 

    He will have high hopes for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side, who have earned a seeded place at the tournament. 

Barack Obama

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    President Obama's primary sporting interest may be in basketball, but referred to himself as a "soccer dad" a few years back and even compared himself to Lionel Messi

Sir Elton John

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    Sir Elton John became the chairman of Watford Football Club in 1976, investing enough cash to bring the Hornets great success in the early '80s.

    The piano man still holds a stake in his beloved side and will be backing the Three Lions during their 2014 World Cup campaign. 

Chad Johnson

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    Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson forged a (mostly) successful NFL career, but he was a star soccer player in his younger days.

    In 2011, during the NFL lockout, the wide receiver trained with MLS side Sporting Kansas City with the hope of winning a contract. He did not, but he managed to play in a reserve game and was made an "honorary" member of the team. 

    Johnson frequently tweets about the beautiful game and will almost certainly be watching the U.S. national side in Brazil. 

Gisele Bundchen

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    She may be married to future NFL Hall of Famer Tom Brady, but model Gisele Bundchen comes from a family of football fans.

    Brazil's finest export will be cheering the Selecao when the tournament kicks off next summer.  

Bill Clinton

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    Obama isn't the only football fan to have lived at the White House. Former president Bill Clinton attended several U.S. National Team games during the 2010 World Cup, including one with Mick Jagger. 

Gerard Depardieu

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    French actor Gerard Depardieu is a fervent football fan who will be backing Les Bleus in Brazil as they try not to self-implode in the manner of their 2010 debacle.

    Depardieu, a friend of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, is also slated to play Jules Rimet—the man who effectively invented the World Cup—in a forthcoming film about FIFA's history.  

     

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