He has close ties with a number of top European teams from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A
tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is an avid football fan and when not spending time on the pitch he can often be seen at matches.
The Serb was found in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu in May 2022 during the UEFA Champions League semi-final match between Real Madrid and Manchester City.
He was in the Spanish capital to take part in the Madrid Open and he didn’t miss the chance to see the home team in action. But is he a madridista at heart or does he support another club? GATE just look…
Which football teams does Novak Djokovic support?
It’s quite difficult to say that Novak Djokovic is a fan of a certain club. He was often seen playing sports AC Milan jersey, but he has also expressed affection on occasion Manchester United.
In 2014, some of the Milan players attended Djokovic’s match at the Shanghai Masters and the Serb thanked the players on social media.
He is also quoted as saying: “I’m a big fan of Milan and always will be. Football comes second for me [to] Tennis. My father was a professional footballer and at home we always follow the Rossoneri games with great interest.”
In February 2022, he revealed he was in regular contact with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and wanted Milan to win the Scudetto.
“I’m friends with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We often spoke about my situation in Australia. He also publicly supported me, which I really appreciate. I’m a Milan fan and we hope to win the Scudetto this year,” he said .
However, there was one instance during Roland Garros when he was asked to choose between Manchester United and Barcelona, he had no qualms about choosing the Premier League team.
In 2008, he took part in a charity match called “Iker vs Rafa” at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid to help fight malaria.
Four years later, he returned to Madrid for another benefit match called “Alma Nadal” and the presentation was attended by then-coach Jose Mourinho, players like Raul, Alvaro Morata and even President Florentino Perez. He was even presented with a Real Madrid shirt by Perez.
However, there is another incident that could portray him as one Benfica Fan. When he was in Portugal to compete in the Estoril Open in 2007, he was found in Benfica’s presidential box. The club gifted him an official team shirt with his name and favorite number (4) on the back. He even had it signed by Eusebio after winning the championship.
So, in summary, we can say with certainty that while Djokovic is supportive of Milan, he is first and foremost a football fan. During the 2018 World Cup, he showed his support for Croatia and faced heavy backlash from his Serbian compatriots. However, he defended his point, saying: “Sport has its ‘universal language’, it erases boundaries between people, transcends differences of religion, race and nationality.”
Could Novak Djokovic have been a footballer?
Like rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic was interested in football as a kid. He still does the sport today with his team members for recreation.
“I always wanted to play soccer when I was a kid,” he says. “Of course, the desire for tennis was stronger. So I started playing tennis. I always watched football matches at home. Wherever I go, I follow football. It’s one of my favorite sports.
“It’s something I do in my free time just for fun with my team, with my coaches. I like it. There’s a great atmosphere in the team.”
In April 2022, he uploaded a video to Instagram where he was seen juggling with PSG superstars Neymar and Marco Verratti.
In 2012 he played in another charity with Brazilian and global legends at the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange before a match between Fluminense and Cruzeiro – he didn’t do badly for himself either, finding the net and scoring another goal.
Brazil star Zico even commented: “Brazil has always had football magicians. I’m glad some of you are here today. I had played with [ex-tennis number one] Gustavo Kürten before, he is very good at football. But Djokovic is good too.”