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21 musicians and the football clubs they support

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Modified 11 Feb 2017, 17:22 IST
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#9 Bob Marley – Hamburg SV /Tottenham Hotspur / FC Nantes

Bob Marley in a Hamburg SV jersey. Photo Credit: Twitter

Coming to the legends section, we had to start off with a man who is an icon of music, none other than Bob Marley. It is unclear as to which team the reggae legend supported, but he was given a Hamburg SV jersey by Kevin Keegan, who at the time played for Hamburg and Marley seemed to like it.

The Jamaican singer was a huge football fan and was quoted saying, “Football is a whole skill to itself. A whole world. A whole universe to itself. Me love it because you have to be skilful to play it! Freedom! Football is freedom.” 

He was also photographed playing football in an FC Nantes jersey but the internet seems to suggest that he was a Tottenham Hotspur fan. He has not been pictured in a Spurs jersey, however, it’s pretty uncertain as to which club he supported through and through, but he was a big fan of the sport nonetheless.

His legacy and his music lives on in the hearts of millions around the world. This video of Ajax fans singing Bob Marley’s hit song ‘Three Little Birds’ further highlights that, it’s magical! 


#8 Michael Jackson –  Fulham 

Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed unveils Michael Jackson statue
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The late ‘King Of Pop’, Michael Jackson was one of the foremost icons of pop-music in his time. The legendary singer and dancer had a controversial life, but his music is loved by millions, if not billions around the world. MJ’s songs – ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat it’ remain his all-time classics but he was also a close friend of Fulham FC owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

He visited Fulham’s home ground Craven Cottage a few times and was confirmed as a Fulham fan. After his untimely demise, the club’s owner even built a statue in his honour at the stadium. 

However, the statue was removed from Craven Cottage by new owner Shahid Khan after he bought the club from Al-Fayed in 2013 and moved to the National Football Musuem in Manchester in 2014. Strangely enough, Fulham got relegated from the Premier League in May 2014, shortly after the removal of the statue. The club’s ex-owner Al-Fayed suggested that the removal of Michael Jackson's statue caused the club’s relegation after 13 seasons in the top-flight, citing that it was a lucky charm for the club. 

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