Anthony Joshua is a name synonymous with boxing throughout the world. However, the heavyweight champion has often shown an interest in other sports as well. Born and raised in London, Joshua grew up with a love for soccer and has spoken highly of the game on previous occasions. So ahead of the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev event, let’s take a deeper look into the champion’s interest in football.
Joshua grew up in the Watford region of London and naturally supports the Hornets. They are a professional football (soccer) club in the area who play in the championship, which is the second tier of the English football pyramid. So we often see Joshua hanging around the club, plus he’s very close friends with team captain Troy Deeney.
‘AJ’ has even backed the team in their social work that they have done for the kids in the area that he grew up. Not only is he a fan, but he also believes in everything the club stands for. However, despite being a team close to his heart, it is still not the team he supports.
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What team does Anthony Joshua support?
Joshua is on record for saying that his favorite footballer is Cristiano Ronaldo. The famous athlete has even met ‘AJ on a couple of occasions and they seem to respect each other. Consequently, Joshua claimed that his favorite team is Real Madrid. However, this was back when the Portuguese star was playing for ‘Los Blancos’.
So he may no longer support Real Madrid and probably supports Juventus now. Despite this, Watford FC will always be close to his heart and he will always involve himself with the club. Furthermore, his friendship with the club captain goes beyond the football club.
Therefore, despite being one of the most famous boxers in the world, Anthony Joshua has always been a football fanatic as well. And there is even footage of him playing football. Although, as you can expect, he’s not the best footballer.