After being crowned Premier League champions in 2016, Leicester City Football Club completed their historic rise in one of the most famous underdog stories in sporting history.
The Foxes had the entire world gripped as they defied their 5000/1 odds of winning the top English league at the expense of all EPL giants and their astronomical wage bills, causing people from across the globe to begin taking an interest in a team they probably hadn’t heard of before.
Years later, Leicester are still an established Premier League team with a support base in the millions, and alongside the average footballing fans who have taken a liking to the ultimate underdogs, many celebrities have begun to follow the East Midlands club.
But which celebrities support Leicester City? And, who is the most famous one?
Leicester City Celebrity Fans
As former Premier League champions, Leicester City have gained millions of followers since their unbelievable title success in 2016. As a result of gaining new fans in the UK and from abroad, the Foxes have also seen a sharp rise in the number of celebrity fans who have aligned themselves with the Leicester faithful.
A large majority of Leicester’s celebrity fanbase are sports personnel including former players such as Gary Lineker and famous snooker players Mark Selby and Willie Thorne.
The Foxes also have several celebrity fans from the music genre including indie-rock band Kasabian, R&B singer Mark Morrison and “X Factor” star Sam Bailey.
Most Famous Leicester City Fans
A former star player and current footballing presenter, Gary Lineker is arguably the most famous Leicester City fan in the footballing community.
Born in Leicestershire, the now-retired star played for the Foxes between 1978 to 1985, scoring 95 goals in 194 games for his boyhood club. As an iconic Leicester player, Lineker represented England on the international stage as well as playing for Tottenham Hotspurs, Everton, and European heavyweights Barcelona.
Indie rock band Kasabian closely follows Gary Lineker as the most famous Leicester City fan with the Leicester-based group possessing a mass following in the UK.
Lead singers Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan are often seen in promotions with the Foxes as well as frequently appearing at home matches at the King Power Stadium.
Kasabian’s status as Leicester City supporter was at its highest when the band performed at the EPL victory parade and did a special concert at The KP after the Foxes’ famous title-winning season.
Four-time World Snooker Champion Mark Selby is another professional sportsman with a strong love for the Foxes, nicknamed the Jester from Leicester and flying the Leicester City flag when competing in professional snooker.
Selby famously won the World Championship final against Ding Junhui at the same time as Leicester City won the Premier League title, gifting the city of Leicester with two trophy victories that month. As a part of his celebrations, Selby lifted the Leicester City flag to further emphasise the success of his home city.
A new name on the usual list but certainly a big one in terms of international fame, American actor Jonathan Majors announced that he had recently become a Leicester City fan after hearing about their title status and underdog image from fellow Marvel actor Paul Rudd.
Majors’ career has reached new heights in the last few years, starring in films such as The Harder They Fall, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the upcoming Creed III, and the popular Marvel series LOKI. As a new Foxes fan, the crowd at the King Power may be treated one day to seeing the American movie star in person.
Who is the Most Famous Leicester Fan?
As a former club hero with nearly nine million followers on social media, Gary Lineker is arguably the most famous Leicester City fan in terms of relevance, success, and overall image in the footballing world.
Although he fell short in terms of ending the club’s trophy drought, Lineker is seen as an iconic former Foxes player, representing the club as a striker for seven years scoring 95 league goals – at the time of writing this, he is the club’s seventh all-time top goal scorer.
The former fox is currently the presenter for Match of the Day on BBC, a show that generates an audience of over 23 million, further boosting his fame as a football presenter and Leicester City supporter.
Lineker famously promised to wear just his underwear on MOTD if Leicester City won the Premier League title, unfortunately for him, the Foxes were triumphant. True to his word, Lineker presented the next MOTD episode in Leicester City-themed boxer shorts.