Which well-known athletes are Real Madrid fans? Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, Rafa Nadal...
A host of famous sports stars will be sitting down to watch this afternoon’s Clásico and quite a few of them will be cheering on Real Madrid
Real Madrid take on Barcelona in Week 9 of LaLiga later this afternoon in what will be the 250th competitive clash between the two clubs. They go into the game level on points (22) with Xavi’s team keeping Madrid off top spot on goal difference.
Among the millions of football fans tuning in to watch the game will be a series of celebrities from the world of film, music and sport with Los Blancos commanding a huge global fan base including many well known personalities such as: Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen, Russell Crowe, Robbie Williams and Tom Cruise.
Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis players that the game has ever known with the Spaniard winning just about every trophy imaginable not unlike his beloved Real Madrid.
Despite being born in Manacor on the island of Palma (home to LaLiga side RCD Mallorca) and with his uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal having spent eight seasons as a centre-back at FC Barcelona, the 36-year-old became a ‘Madridista’ from an early age and is a regular at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Back in April, the tennis star was invited to take the honorary kick-off at the Bernabéu ahead of Madrid’s league game against Espanyol - a game which saw them club crowned champions of Spain for a record 35th time.
The 76ers star makes no secret of his allegiance to Real Madrid with countless posts on his Twitter and Instagram accounts with the 28-year-old a keen follower of soccer in general with constant posts on the major developments in the game including posts on events in the Premier League.
Embiid will be glued to a television screen as the players take to the pitch on Sunday and will be hoping that Ancelotti’s team get a result that will knock Barcelona off top spot to become LaLiga leaders in their own right.
The Dallas Mavericks point guard is another high profile NBA Real Madrid fan. The Slovenian spent three years with Madrid’s basketball team before making the move to Texas in 2018.
The point guard was asked about his sporting allegiances by Shaq O’Neal on TNT back in 2021 and the Ljubljana-born player replied: “Of course, you know I was there (at Real Madrid) for several years and you know, that’s my team in both basketball and soccer”.
Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso supports two clubs - his hometown club Oviedo and Real Madrid. As he has explained on numerous occasions: “I was born in Oviedo, I’m an Oviedo fan but a little more towards Real Madrid. If I was a footballer, then I would like to play for Real Madrid, the team I support and love. Driving for McLaren is like playing for Real Madrid”.