The craze of football is in every part of the world, and India is no exception. The nation where Cricket is worshiped as a religion has a large audience who watches FIFA World Cup. During the 2018 World Cup, the country drew a 300 million audience; this year, these numbers are expected to increase. Indian cricketers too love to watch the mega event and root for their favorite teams. Here is a list.
The former Indian captain himself is a big brand and shares a bonding with many global football stars. Likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Ramos, and Thomas Muller admire the Indian cricketer and even follow him on Instagram. Virat Kohli is a big fan of the German football team but he also roots for Portugal because Cristiano Ronaldo is his inspiration.
The Indian captain will be rooting for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Rohit is a big fan of the Spanish football club Real Madrid and after seeing his craze for the club LA Liga had decided to make him the Indian brand ambassador of Spain’s top-tier league. In 2018, he even traveled to Russia to watch FIFA World Cup in the stadium.
The GOAT of Cricket is a fan of the GOAT of Football Lionel Messi. Both share similarities like their jersey numbers and are not much tall but still dominated everyone in their respective sport. Sachin had congratulated the Argentine footballer and his team when they won Copa America in 2021. So there is no surprise Sachin will like to see Argentina win the FIFA World Cup 2022.
In a recent interview, Ashwin named Spain as his favorite team in the ongoing Football World Cup. “I have always been a fan of Spain. Not sure how they are going to do this year. But yes, looking forward to watching how Spain does, the other football teams have picked up the standard of play and the last World Cup was amazing,” Ashwin had told Sports18 channel. While he named France’s Kylian Mbappe as his favorite footballer in the tournament.
In Indian Cricket, there may not be a bigger Football fan than MS Dhoni. Football was Dhoni’s first love as he had started off as a goalkeeper in football before a coach turned his attention to cricket and wicketkeeping. The biggest no.7 of Cricket likes the biggest no.7 of Football. Dhoni is a Ronaldo fan and which makes him support Portugal.
The Indian leg-spinner is a big admirer of Neymar Jr. and his social media posts are proof of that. He is very passionate about football and supports Paris Saint Germain because of the Brazilian footballer. Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 even made Kuldeep Yadav cry.
“You must have seen my Instagram post. I was literally crying for two days. I didn’t want him to go to PSG. Barcelona is my team, and I wanted him to stay at the club, and maybe create some more records with Lionel Messi.” revealed Kuldeep. So, it’s obvious that Kuldeep will cheer Brazil in FIFA World Cup 2022.