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From KP to Kohli to Dravid: 7 Top Cricketers & Their Favourite Football Teams

It is such a thrill when your favourite cricketer reveals that he is a football fan, and the feeling is only intensified when they turn out to be fans of your favourite football club!

From Stuart Broad's undying love for Nottingham Forest to Ben Stokes' affiliation with Tottenham, we take a look at the top seven cricketers and the football teams they support...

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Manchester United)

Ex-Indian cricket team's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a Manchester United fan, and an extremely proud one at that.


Dhoni is a self-confessed Red Devil and has been to Old Trafford twice during the Indian team's tours to England and Wales.


The Red Devils came out with a tribute of their own via Twitter hailing Dhoni's achievements as captain of the Men in Blue.

2. Michael Vaughan (Sheffield Wednesday)

Had he been good enough at football, former English skipper Michael Vaughan would have been a professional footballer, at least that is what he told the Guardian. “I love football,” he stated. 


“I'd have probably preferred to be a footballer if I could have been good enough. But my knees would never have lasted.”


However, he continues to be an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday, a club he has been following since the age of eight, when his family moved away from Manchester to Sheffield.

3. Graeme Smith (Liverpool)

The former South African captain is a keen supporter of the current European champions Liverpool FC. He hails Liverpool-great Kanny Dalglish as his all-time favourite. 


"I'm from a family of Manchester United fans but I picked Liverpool,” he told Liverpoolfc.com when he visited the Anfield. 


"We probably get more live Premiership games on TV in South Africa than you watch over here, so it's easy to get hooked.”, he concluded.

4. Kevin Pietersen (Chelsea)

Kevin Pietersen has always been a true blue Chelsea supporter, and is friends with Chelsea stalwarts Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry.


"Chelsea is my team. I have supported it for years. I have a lot of friends there," he said in an interview.


Pieterson added, "(Frank) Lampard is a good mate of mine. I have known him for years. I also got to know Ashley Cole and John Terry during my rehabilitation for my Achilles surgery a few years ago. I live in Chelsea and train there too."

5. Virat Kohli (Real Madrid)

Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi has always been extremely vocal about his support for Real Madrid. He's also been a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo since the latter's playing days at Manchester United.


“Yeah I support Real Madrid,” he told NDTV


“It's mainly because of Cristiano Ronaldo. I used to support Manchester United when he was playing there. Now my loyalties have shifted because of him. I think he is a truly amazing player. I love watching him play.”


Now that Ronaldo has swapped Madrid for Juventus, it'll be interesting to see if Kohli will keep following the Spanish club or if he turns his attention to Serie A.

6. Andrew Flintoff (Manchester City)

Despite being born in Preston, Lancashire, former English international Andrew Flintoff has been an ardent Manchester City fan since the age of 15.


Speaking of his support, he told mancity.com: "Cricket, darts, and snooker are my strengths. I'm not so good on football. I'm a Manchester City supporter. I go to see them, but it's more about a day out with friends than the game.”

7. Rahul Dravid (Arsenal)

Rahul Dravid has been an Arsenal fan for a long time now. In an interview with the Standard, he states how Arsene Wenger's "professorial and intellectual style" made him support the club.


"Anybody but United was my slogan," he said. 


This was partly to be distinct from the rest of the Indian dressing room who support Manchester United.

From Stuart Broad's undying love for Nottingham Forest to Ben Stokes' affiliation with Tottenham, we take a look at the top 7 cricketers and the football teams they support: