We are going to take a look at some of the famous Inter Milan fans from around the globe. Founded in 1908, the Milan based club has a rich history. They share one of the fiercest footballing rivalry with cross-town neighbours AC Milan. History suggests that majority of Inter fans have been from the middle-class section of the society, while the working class people root for AC Milan, the red half of the city Milan. Though these two clubs share a ground, the famed San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, they have over the years been embroiled in a fierce rivalry. Though AC Milan were founded earlier in 1899, Inter also has had a huge fanbase throughout their history. Milan’s blue half have an enviable record both in Italy and across Europe. The Nerazzurri have an enviable collection of 18 League titles, which makes them the third most succesfull club in Italy (after Juventus and AC Milan). They also have won 7 Coppa Italia trophies and have also tasted success in Europe at the European Cup/Champions League on three occasions (1963-64, 1964-65, 2009-10). Here’s a look at five of the most famous fans of Inter Milan:
#5 Andrea Bocelli
Italian crooner Andrea Bocelli is an Inter Milan fan. The classical and Latin-pop singer has been a lifelong fan of Internazionale inspite of turning blind at the age of 12.
He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, but was unfortunate to lose his eyesight after an accident while playing football. He had been as a kid diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, and turned worse during a game of football. He suffered a hit on the head while playing in 1970, as a 12-year-old, that led to permanent loss of eyesight.
But he didn’t let his disability affect his love for the game and for his boyhood club Inter Milan. The 2-time Brit Award winner has continued to churn out classical hits in Italy and abroad, all the while supporting his first love Inter Milan.
#4 Alyssa Milano
The American actress, producer and singer is an Inter Milan fan who doesn’t stay back in professing her love for the Milan club.
The 41-year-old is best known for starring in the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American sitcom ‘Who’s The Boss’. The Brooklyn based actor had earlier had a shot at singing, and has released four studio albums.
Milano was supposedly a big fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it was the Swede’s heroics at Inter that got her hooked onto supporting Inter Milan. The Amrican beauty was at the Rose Bowl to watch Inter play Chelsea in a pre-season friendly in June 2009. Jose Mourinho’s Inter lost 2-0 to Chelsea, but had won over Milano’s heart for sure!
#3 Adriana Lima
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is another high-profile Inter Milan fan. For those of who are not so familiar with her, Lima has been best known as Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, need we say more!
The stunning beauty is ranked 4th on the list of Forbes magazine’s top-earning model’s list. The Brazil bombshell earns an estimated 7.3 million US Dollars a year. She was previously engaged to NBA side Los Angeles Clippers star Marko Jaric, and has been also previously rumoured to be dating American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz.
The Victoria’s Secret model has also tried her hand in acting, appearing the 2001 movie ‘The Follow’ along with Mickey Rourke, and has also made guest appearances in the hit American sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
Now having this Latina stunner in Inter Milan colours can set many Nerazzurri fans’ pulses racing!
#2 Valentino Rossi
One of the most famous and succesfull motorcycle racers of all time, Valentino Rossi is an Inter Milan fan. The nine time Grand Prix World Champion has always been a very vocal supporter of his beloved Inter.
The 35-year-old Italian other than scorching race tracks all over the globe, makes it a point to visit San Siro to watch Internazionale play. Though he likes to stay as a recluse, media-shy person in his personal affairs, he makes it no secret about his love for the Nerazzurris.
Rossi frequently makes comments on his boyhood club, be it congratulating on their success or criticising their failures. The biker has made known his ire and rage at several of the decisions by the Inter Milan management board. After watching his club’s shock loss to lowly club Novara in February 2012, Rossi fumed “Why did we sell Thiago Motta?” on twitter. He was along with several Inter fans unhappy with the club’s decision to sell the Brazil-born Italian International to Paris Saint Germain for 10 million Euros that season. Celebrating the club’s highs, Rossi was ecstatic and over the moon after Inter won the UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernebeu, Madrid in 2009-10.
Nicknamed ‘The Doctor’, Rossi thus comes in second in the list of famous Inter Milan fans, mixing speed and adrenaline rush of racing with love for the beautiful game.
#1 Katy Perry
The American pop singer earlier used to be a West Ham United supporter, courtesy her ex-fiance Russel Brand. The comedian and actor is a die-hard Hammers fan and had also converted Perry to a West Ham loyalist.
But the ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Roar’ hitmaker occasionally flirted with Inter Milan. While performing at the Sanremo Music Festival in 2009, Perry performed in a raunchy outfit graced in the Inter Milan colours and announced her love for the Nerazzurris. And since her split from Russel Brand in June 2012, Perry has been more vocal in her support of the Italian club. The 11-time Grammy Award nominated artist has been spotted in a few Inter Milan games at the San Siro.
It definitely wouldn’t hurt Inter Milan loyalists to have the sexy American pop diva as a fan on their side!