15 Best Cities Around The World For Football Lovers!

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If you're a fan of the beautiful game of football, then chances are everything automatically revolves around the game for you. The joy that a football fan receives from watching his favourite team play in its home stadium is unprecedented, and hence it's completely logical to travel far and wide for this very objective. Our country is full of passionate football fans who are avid travellers as well, and hence it's only natural that their destination bucket list is full of places where they can extract the maximum footballing satisfaction.

So without further ado, here are 15 cities in the world a football fan must visit to complete his ultimate pilgrimage:

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Home of the world's most "supported" football club, Manchester United, the city of Manchester is also home to another great club, Manchester City. And hence, a city with two dominant football forces is a must-visit in any fan's itinerary.

Famous footballers to have played here: George Best, Eric Cantona, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Aguero.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the Manchester Art Gallery to see great contemporary works of art. Experience the fantastic nightlife.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,500

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Home to arguably the best football club in the world - FC Barcelona - in the recent past, and also Lionel Messi. Their home ground - Camp Nou - is also one of the largest football stadiums in the world.

Famous footballers to have played here: Lionel Messi, Luiz Ronaldo, Johann Cryuff, Rivaldo, Andres Iniesta, Diego Maradona.

Things to do apart from football: Walk around Park Guell to marvel at Guell's greatest pieces of art. Visit the Gothic Quarter to witness sublime cathedrals.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 3,500

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Two of the most successful football clubs of Italy – Internazionale FC and AC Milan – still play their home matches in the very same stadium. If you're looking for return on investment on your travelling, this is the perfect place.

Famous footballers to have played here: Paolo Maldini, Javier Zanetti, Luiz Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hernan Crespo, Kaka.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the Sforza Castle to check out medieval art treasures. Shop for the best fashion at Galleria Vittorio.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,500

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Home to one of the most iconic football clubs in the world – Bayern Munich. Their home stadium, Allianz Arena, complements their stature perfectly. What obviously helps is that Munich is also the venue of Oktoberfest.

Famous footballers to have played here: Oliver Kahn, Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the regal Nymphenburg Palace. Go beer-tasting at Englischer Garten.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000

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If you don't pompously show your support towards the local football clubs in Lima, you won't have a very good trip. Everyone is extremely passionate about football and would expect you to be too.

Famous footballers to have played here: Claudio Pizarro, Hugo Sotil, Teofillo Cubillas.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the Plaza Mayor to learn more about Peru. Satiate your soul at the Monastery of San Francisco.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 3,000

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If you thought the French capital is only about the Eiffel Tower and the feeling called love, think again. Paris Saint Germain is a massive force to reckon with in the footballing world, and hence Stade de Paris is a must visit venue.

Famous footballers to have played here: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Ronaldinho, George Weah.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the Eiffel Tower. Experience the best works of art at The Louvre museum.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 5,000

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What you experience inside Galatasaray's home stadium, Turk Telekom Arena, can't be done anywhere else. The home fans make the atmosphere so intimidating that it has to be witnessed to be believed.

Famous footballers to have played here: Wesley Sneijder, Lukas Podoloski, Hakan Sukur, Milan Baros, Arda Turan, Didier Drogba.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the iconic blue mosque of Sultan Ahmed. Shop till eternity dawns? at the colourful Grand Bazaar.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 2,500

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Napoli football club's home stadium, Stadio Sao Paolo, has also earned a name for being ultra-notorious when it comes to supporting its team. Several minor casualties are reported after every match.

Famous footballers to have played here: Diego Maradona, Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani, Gianfranco Zola, Fabio Cannavaro.

Things to do apart from football: Witness an actual active volcano – Mt. Vesuvius. Attend an opera performance at San Carlo Theatre.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000

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One of the most passionate football cities in the world, Buenos Aires has borne and nurtured many legends in football; once you're here, it'll be easy to see why.

Famous footballers to have played here: Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, Juan Roman Riquelme, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Batistuta.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca to see where tango started. Visit Casa Rosada, a pink palace that houses the presidential office.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 3,000

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If Borussia Dortmund is the epitome of a loyal football club, then its home ground, Westfalenstadion, is majorly responsible for the same. The fans make the atmosphere so electric that they're collectively called the "12th man" of the team.

Famous footballers to have played here: Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Mats Hummels.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the St. Reinold's Church, the oldest in the city. Marvel at contemporary art at Museum Ostwall.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 3,500

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Mexico City's Estadio Azteca is one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the noise during a local match is deafening to say the least. It's a must-visit for any football fan.

Famous footballers to have played here: Silvio Romero, Bruno Valdez, Hugo Sanchez, Ivan Zamorano.

Things to do apart from football: Learn more about the Mayan origins at the National Museum of Anthropology. Visit the Zocalo square, it's the city's center.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 2,500

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La Paz has the highest football stadium in the world, the Hernando Siles Stadium, and also the largest sports complex in the country. With every one of the 42,000 seats always packed hours before a match, the ambience is very charged.

Famous footballers to have played here: Luis Cristaldo, Jaime Moreno, Raul Castro.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the ancient temples and pyramids at Tiwanaku. Illimani is a haven for mountain climbers.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 2,000

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The one and only entry from India, and rightly so. Beneath its sophisticated facade lies a football-crazy city. And sparks fly when there are two major forces, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, based in the very same city. Kolkata is also home to the largest football stadium in India, the Salt Lake Stadium.

Famous footballers to have played here: Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

Things to do apart from football: Go to the heart of the city, Park Street, and walk into any restaurant for a great culinary experience. Visit the city during Durga Puja to truly experience the beautiful mayhem.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 1,000

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Would've been a shame if the most famous footballing nation didn't make it to this list, but Rio de Janeiro's nooks and corners are brimming with future superstars playing with their make-do footballs all day long. It is funny how crazy the city is for the sport.

Famous footballers to have played here: Zico, Ronaldo, Romario, Carlos Alberto Perreira, Jairzinho.

Things to do apart from football: Surrender yourself to god at the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience the world-renowned Rio Carnival.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 2,500

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The mecca of football, home to the Los Galacticos - Real Madrid, the richest football club in the world. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo also plays there.

Famous footballers to have played here: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Luiz Ronaldo, Gareth Bale.

Things to do apart from football: Visit the Plaza Mayor square to drink in the vibrance of the city. Art connoisseurs can satiate themselves at Museo Nacional Del Prado.

Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000

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Well, just get your guy gang together and pack your bags for an epic footballing journey across the world. If you've already been to any of these cities, do share your story with us!

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