The Complete History Of Justin Bieber's Love Affair With Soccer (Photos)

by Adam Silvers

From Snoop Dogg to One Direction to Drake, there's a long, storied history of creative artists and their love for the sport of soccer.

It makes sense, really.

Soccer is the most widely-consumed sport on the planet, and musical stars want to appeal to the largest audience possible.

In many cases, celebrities and musicians will represent with jerseys from multiple soccer clubs, which leads us to believe they don't truly support just one team.

I mean, who else but Drake would wear Manchester United gear one week and pose with a Manchester City jacket the next?

It appears Justin Bieber is also a soccer supporter, but a little digging reveals he's not like other fans who simply hopped on the beautiful game's bandwagon because it was the cool thing to do.

Everyone's favorite Canadian was playing soccer long before you became a diehard Barcelona "fan," and there's photo evidence to prove it.

Here's the complete history of Justin Bieber's love affair with soccer.

Justin Bieber has been playing soccer since way back in the day.

@justinbieber & @itsRyanButler at their soccer game way back when — jb. (@__CaraBieber) June 10, 2014

The Ontario, Canada native grew up with the beautiful game.

Did anyone else realize he's wearing a hockey shirt while playing soccer @justinbieber — lori purcell (@loripurcell11) February 12, 2014

And we have to say, it looks like his love for the sport is almost as strong as his love for music.

Get better @justinbieber. And we mean at soccer. Aw, we're just kiddin' Biebz. Feel better. — (@Radiodotcom) January 6, 2015

The 21-year-old represents one of the world's biggest teams, FC Barcelona...

#NationalKissASoccerPlayerDay I still consider you as a soccer player @justinbieber come here baby — ℕatalie (@whyhellonatalie) July 16, 2013

...and has also been to England to get decked out in the blue of Chelsea FC.

Nah~ #JustinBieber #jersey #sports #football #soccer #fun — Dafabet Girls (@DafabetGirls) March 5, 2014

Not to mention he's also donned an Everton FC kit.

Here is some ammo for the #BieberRoast, @justinbieber breaking his foot playing soccer. — DUNK360 (@theDUNK360) January 20, 2015

But the three-time Forbes Celebrity 100 honoree is also out here competing for the love of the game.

Shirtless Soccer Justin Bieber #JustinSoccerSpam #WhatDoYouMean #worthitVMA — Soccer hotties (@hotties_soccer) August 29, 2015

Whether he's kicking a ball on the beach with Usher...

@justinbieber is doing soccer with @Usher so cute — ღ☁️ fb or unf ☁️ღ (@BiebxJauregui) January 27, 2014

...or playing with a group of kids in the street...

.@justinbieber playing soccer with cute kids will put the biggest smile on your face — Just Jared Jr. (@justjaredjr) August 5, 2015's clear Justin Bieber is one of the realest fútbol aficionados we know.

Let's play soccer together sometime @justinbieber — † (@that09kidrauhl) October 10, 2014

Canada's finest has even garnered the respect of Cristiano Ronaldo.

My two heroes; my soccer hero and my lifesaver @justinbieber @Cristiano — Caroline Meier (@CarolineTIWII) August 1, 2014

And he is inspiring young soccer players to go out and compete at the highest level.

WHEN YOUR SCHOOL'S GIRLS SOCCER TEAM MEETS JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!?????? — jess (@readysets) September 4, 2015

Lionel Messi, who?

My soccer jersey @justinbieber — Thalia Ortega (@thaliaiortega) April 18, 2015

Nah, Justin Bieber is the real soccer MVP...

let us play soccer together @justinbieber — ♡♡♡ (@noranordgren) December 21, 2014

..and he's been doing it for years.

My fave soccer player :) #MTVStars Justin Bieber — justin bieber♛ (@nahirauhl) December 7, 2014

So, next time you see Justin Bieber rocking a soccer jersey and you're thinking he's just another bandwagon fan...

Not sure of Justin Bieber watches soccer properly... — Maarten (@Pixelswift) June 20, 2014

...remember, this dude's been out here since he was a little kid.

Best soccer player ever @justinbieber #WeAllAreMonaBieber — Katy (@BiebsFtCamMbJJ) January 4, 2015

And he's only repping multiple teams because real recognize real.

Looks like @justinbieber really is a Southend United fan after all! @dan_bentley1 you need to get your number back! — Southend United (@SUFCRootsHall) December 6, 2015