Real Madrid FC is one of the most powerful football clubs in the world. It is the most successful team in Spanish football, and arguably the most glamourous side in the sport.
Over the years, it has seen a host of great football superstars enter and leave the club. Among the legends that performed under the Real Madrid jersey are the Brazilian Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham.
Even now, the club retains its allure. Thanks to important successful transfers in the past few season, Los Merengues can boast of possessing the likes of high-profile players among which are Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Kaka, Gonzalo Higuain, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos.
Well, such a side with so much style definitely does not fail in attracting a large part of the public. In truth, despite the fact that many criticize them heavily for their "lack of maturity and poor sportsmanship," many still show them a lot of appreciation.
In the world of celebrities even, Real have earned some authority, with fans on some of the biggest stages. In the next slides of this article, we look at Real Madrid's top 10 celebrity fans; in brief, of course...
Abdullah II bin al-Hussein is probably Real Madrid's most important celebrity fan in the world of stars. The king, 49, is the successor of Hussein of Jordan, and has been in power since 1999.
He is married to Queen Rania Al Abdullah, who—at some point—is pretty much involved in football.
This one is another big one for Real Madrid...
José Antonio Domínguez Bandera, better known under the name of Antonio Banderas, is a popular Spanish film actor, film producer, film director and singer.
The 50-year-old superstar has appeared in blockbuster films including Assassins, The Mask of Zorro and Shrek.
Tom Cruise is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood. This celebrity has featured in top movies including Risky Business, Mission: Impossible and The Last Samurai.
Cruise is also a film producer and a sports fan. When it comes to soccer, his choice of team goes to Real Madrid.
Penélope Cruz Sánchez, better known as Penélope Cruz, is a respected Spanish actress in Hollywood. The 36-year-old celebrity had lead roles in blockbuster movies such as Vanilla Sky and Blow.
She might not look like a soccer fan, but as a matter of fact, she is among those giving Real Madrid FC high points in their race for popularity across the world.
Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr., better known simply as Viggo Mortensen, is a popular actor, painter, poet, photographer and musician.
The 52-year-old celebrity, who is married to American artist Exene Cervenka, is renowned for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. He is also a fan of Real Madrid CF.
Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, best known as Julio Iglesias, is a Spanish singer and songwriter who is one of Sony's best selling music artists ever.
As a youngster, he used to be the goalkeeper of one of Real Madrid's football teams, but a car accident brought his career to an end. Today, he remains a fan of the club.
Being a general sports fan is enough to know Usain Bolt. This celebrity is officially the fastest man on Earth, as he holds the world and Olympic records for the 100 metres, the 200 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay (with his Jamaican teammates).
Bolt is a close friend of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and apparently, the sprinter's love for his friend extends itself over the whole team, which is Bolt's favorite football side.
Rafael Nadal is one of the most famed tennis stars nowadays. He is currently ranked at the No.1 position by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
He is also the third all-time leader in earnings, with a career money prize of $37,684,949. Although Nadal revealed in 2008 that he had great admiration for FC Barcelona, he is especially a massive Real Madrid fan.
Sergio García is obviously one of the biggest names in golf. The Spanish sportsman has spent over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009 in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
The 31-year-old and Byron Nelson Award-winner plays in the PGA Tour, as well as in the European Tour. He appears to have some love for football, and he is just another celebrity fan of Real Madrid.
Well, well, well... Which football fan does not know Shakira? The high-profile Colombian artist was the face of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and her fame just seems endless.
She is a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer and philanthropist. Shakira has been linked with Barcelona's Gerard Pique on several occasions, but the Blaugrana still do not top her list of best football teams, as the team of Los Blancos appear to match her taste better.
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