Updated: Tuesday, 7th July 2020 @ 11:04pm

Manchester City stars declare their love for NFL ahead of weekend's Super Bowl

Manchester City stars declare their love for NFL ahead of weekend's Super Bowl

By Melanie Hughes

Three Manchester City players have declared their love for the NFL in the lead up to this weekend’s 46th annual Super Bowl.

It is the sporting occasion that stops America and for a few minutes after training at Carrington this week, the Super Bowl was also occupying the thoughts of City’s star names.

Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott suited up to bring fans their unique take on this weekend’s clash between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

Nigel De Jong thought it would be wise to be on hand to throw in the towel if things got out of hand between the lads!

So it came as no surprise when they decided to take opposite sides in the argument over which franchise would be lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Lucas Oil Stadium in the early hours of the morning on Monday.

Richards’ favours Eli Manning’s New York Giants whilst Lescott is backing the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots to gain revenge in their second Super Bowl meeting with The Giants following their 17-14 loss in 2008.

Lescott’s love of NFL is long-standing; he was one of the most excited of the Blues players that visited the Baltimore Ravens training camp on a tour to the USA.

“I got into NFL from a really young age,” revealed Lescott. “A good friend of mine was into it in a big way because his dad was from America and a Miami Dolphins fan.

“The NFL guys are very agile and quick and they put a lot of hard work into their game. I’d definitely like to give it a go when my playing career ends – whether I’m any good or not remains to be seen!”

Richards’ is a confirmed lover of Americana, too, and though his NFL credentials are less well defined, as a rookie, he is really looking forward this Sunday’s showdown.

“I got into it through a mate because I was more into basketball,” said the Blues’ defender.

“It’s a lot more physical than our game and a genuine contact sport, and it’s something I can see myself really getting into in the future.”

As for Nigel, he just loves sport full-stop and the combat and tactics clearly appeal to him – though it remains to be seen whether he’d make a good ‘Zebra’!

“I’ve been into NFL for about five years now,” said Nigel. “I’ve been watching it on TV for a few years now and I’ve really got into it.”

New England versus New York kicks off at 11.30pm our time on Sunday night and will be able to watch the Super Bowl live on Sky Sports HD and BBC One.