India is known for it's craze about Cricket and Bollywood. Football as a sport is yet to take off in the country, though with the emergence of the Indian Super League (ISL), measures have been taken to promote the sport.
A number of former cricketers and celebrities are keen followers of the beautiful game and own clubs in the ISL. Let's take a look at them in our list.
7. John Abraham (NorthEast United FC)
It is no secret that John Abraham is a football fanatic, with cameras clicking him playing football on a regular basis. The Hulk of Bollywood who is a keen supporter of Spanish club Real Madrid, is the proud owner of NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League.
Based in Guwahati, Assam, it is the only ISL club that is not owned by any company or corporation which means it is fully owned by the actor, producer and former model.
6. Hrithik Roshan (FC Pune City)
India's very own super hero Hrithik Roshan too is an avid follower of the beautiful game, as seen by his association with FC Pune City. The 43-year-old is the co-owner of the side along with the Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Italian side ACF Fiorentina who have a 15 per cent stake in the franchise.
5. Virat Kohli (FC Goa)
Indian cricketing superstar Virat Kohli like actor John Abraham is a supporter of Spanish side Real Madrid and is a keen follower of the game. His interest in the sport, led him to become a co-owner of FC Goa, with the cricketer seen following their games with interest at the stadiums whenever he gets the time.
His interest is not only limited to co-owning a team, he recently organised a match for charity called the 'Celebrity Classico', aimed at raising money for his organisation called the Virat Kohli Foundation.
4. Ranbir Kapoor (Mumbai City FC)
Arguably the biggest football fan on this list, Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor as everyone knows is a big Barcelona and Lionel Messi fan. So when the ISL was formulated it was not a surprise to know that Kapoor was keen to own one of the clubs in the league.
A co-owner of the Mumbai City FC, Kapoor has stated time and again that he will take a hands on approach to his role, claiming that his aim is to make Mumbai City the most professionally run football club in Asia.
3. MS Dhoni & Abhishek Bachchan (Chennaiyin FC)
ISL club Chennaiyin FC are one of the most marketable clubs in the league and that is due to the presence of India's greatest captains MS Dhoni and Bollywood royalty Abhishek Bachchan as co-owners.
The duo who are keen followers of the game, have often been spotted at ISL matches, also joining the team during celebrations.
2. Sourav Ganguly (Atletico de Kolkata)
It is said that football is present in the blood of people born in Kolkata, so it was no surprise to see the 'Prince of Bengal' Sourav Ganguly snap up an ownership stake in Atletico de Kolkata.
The former India skipper claimed that the reason he became co-owner was to spread the popularity of football in India, a place where cricket takes precedence over every other sport.
1. Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala Blasters FC)
The God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is man who follows a number of sports, football being one of them. The highest run-scorer in Test and One Day International cricket, Tendulkar is a co-owner of the Kerala Blasters side.
The cricketing legend believes that ISL will help promote football in the country.