In terms of being a soccer fan, former NBA nice Kobe Bryant says he has divided loyalties between Barcelona and AC Milan.
Bryant, a legendary basketball participant for the LA Lakers who retired final yr, says he nonetheless helps AC Milan — a results of having lived in Italy for seven years as a child whereas his father, Joe Bryant, performed professionally there.
However in recent times, he has additionally embraced Barcelona as a result of his friendships with former Blaugrana star Ronaldinho, and present icon Lionel Messi.
Talking completely to ESPN FC through phone whereas doing promotional work for the sports activities drink, BODYARMOR, Bryant mentioned: “I nonetheless love AC Milan — although they do not put on my model of alternative — and FC Barcelona. In the event you lower my arm open, man, you’d see 4 colours; blue and [garnet], and then you definitely’d see pink and black.”
At worldwide stage, there isn’t a such battle. Bryant says he helps the US all the best way, and is wanting ahead to the beginning of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins in simply over every week.
“It is all the time thrilling if you are going to get a U.S. vs. Mexico matchup,” he mentioned. “However I am wanting ahead to it.
“The extra we are able to have the very best gamers on the earth come right here and play, and present their expertise right here in America, the extra the sport picks up, the extra the understanding of the sport picks up.”
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.