Formula 1 vs Football: Celebrity fans

Michelle Foster

during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

We’ve given you numbers and statistics in our previous editions of Formula 1 vs Football. But now, in no particular order, we compare which of the biggest celebrities around the world that support Formula 1 and Football.

It is near impossible to rate which of these house-hold names holds the most notoriety so we are letting you, as the reader, be the judge of which sport has the most famous fans.

Ranging from tennis stars to Hollywood’s elite, the list is quite varied. Some of them will surprise you and others not, but have a look anyway!


Formula 1

George Lucas

Starting things off, the genius behind Stars Wars and Indiana Jones, George Lucas initially had aspirations of being a racing driver. But decided to switch to film-making instead. The four-time Oscar nominee is still seen around the Formula 1 paddock to this day.

xxxx during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2015 in Monza, Italy.

Matt LeBlanc

Since the hit TV show Friends ended back in 2004. Joey, otherwise known as Matt LeBlanc, has spent some of his time watching Formula 1, and could possibly reboot the Friends franchise with Kimi Raikkonen as his co-star.

Gordon Ramsay

When he’s not at Hell’s Kitchen, every now and then Gordon Ramsay makes his way down to the track and cheers for his mate Lewis Hamilton.

Cameron Diaz

Speed and thrills are no stranger to the flamboyant Cameron Diaz, which proved evident when she made an appearance at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.


Rowan Atkinson

Mr Bean made his passion for racing public when he witnessed Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton collide at the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.


Antonio Banderas

Much like his character Zorro on the big-screen, Antonio Banderas is a huge fan of fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.


When a genius meets a genius it tends to have cataclysmic effects around the globe. However, there were a few raised eyebrows when Niki Lauda and Slash crossed paths at the recently concluded Brazilian Grand Prix.

during the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Will Smith

Other than Aryton Senna, Lewis Hamilton expressed his admiration for the Fresh Prince himself after the two met at the Monaco Grand Prix. Reports suggest that the meeting kick-started Hamilton’s 2014 and 2015 World Championship run with Mercedes.

One of the most inspiring, genuine and wisest people you’ll ever meet. #WillSmith #miami #Legendary

A photo posted by Lewis Hamilton (@lewishamilton) on


Tony Parker

It seems Tony Parker loves having his name on things, like every sports star. The San Antonio Spurs point-guard is loved at Renault, mainly because he is sponsored by the French manufacturers.


Justin Bieber

Whether you love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is one of the most famous football fans on earth. However, it is still a mystery as to which club he actually supports. Despite the video below showing him visiting Chelsea FC, he has done this at a ton of franchises.

Lebron James

Need we say anymore about Lebron Jame’s love for Liverpool FC? the club he also bought shares into? Here’s a Facebook post: “s/o to Coach Klopp & the Reds. Excited to hear you boys are heading out to the West Coast!! If you need a walk on, I got your back #YNWA #LFC”


Daniel Craig

Staying at Anfield, James Bond has made no secret about being a Kopite. Daniel Craig even featured in Liverpool’s questionable documentary Being: Liverpool, which was also narrated by another Liverpool FC fan Clive Owen.

The main man came in after the game to say hello to the lads #bond#oo7#legend ???

A photo posted by Steven Gerrard (@stevengerrard) on

Rafael Nadal

If being an honorary member at one of the biggest football clubs in the world doesn’t make you a fan then you have some serious problems. Associating Rafael Nadal and Real Madrid is like associating him with tennis.

during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

Usain Bolt

The fastest man alive is a huge Manchester United fan. The ‘Sprint King’ once even asked Sir Alex Fergusen for a trial at Old Trafford, and was being serious.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United meets Olympic Champion Usain Bolt ahead of a First Team Training Session at Carrington Training Ground on May 15 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wayne Rooney;Usain Bolt

Rory McIlroy

Sticking with the theme of success, it is fitting that Rory McIlroy, who is a possible successor to Tiger Woods, supports Manchester United and is a frequent visitor of Old Trafford.

<> at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.

Gerard Butler

In a dream come true, 300 star Gerard Butler revealed being able to play for Celtic FC was one of the best moments in his life. It is not yet confirmed whether he shouted ‘This Is Celtic!’ on his debut.

Bill Gates

One way of gaining the support of one of the richest men in the world is to show how charitable you are. Fair Barcelona, fair play.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone loves Everton FC so much the fictional boxing legend even wanted to buy the club when it was up for sale. He also included Goodison Park in his latest portrayal of Rocky Balboa in the movie Creed.


Elijah Wood

If you’ve ever watched the film Green Street Hooligans, you won’t question why Frodo supports West Ham United.

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