Drake to Present Game Ball at Manchester Derby Because Why Not

The rapper's complicated history with Manchester football teams is even weirder than his relationship to Houston.

By Katharine Shilcutt July 19, 2017

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Fair-weather football fan or guileless soccer supporter? Who cares? Drake's coming to town!

It's frankly a little weird that Drake, the Canadian rapper/superstar, is obsessed with Houston. It's equally weird that the first ever Manchester Derby to be played outside England will take place in Houston, tomorrow night, at NRG Stadium. Today's news that Drake will be presenting the game ball at tomorrow's match is, pardon the pun, a match made in weird heaven.

"We’re thrilled Drake will be joining us on Thursday and look forward to seeing a packed house at NRG Stadium," said Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports, which is hosting the international friendly. 

In an even weirder twist, the former star of Degrassi: The Next Generation isn't a supporter of either English Premier League team that's playing tomorrow night.

Rather, in a move that could only be pulled off by someone with highly-paid bodyguards, Drake has been spotted sporting both Manchester United and Man City gear over the years—the equivalent of someone saying they're both a huge Astros and a huge Rangers fan. To further complicate matters, Drake has also been spotted wearing a Chelsea kit on occasion—the inexplicable equivalent of a Texan wearing Yankees gear for no good reason.

The good news is that no matter which team wins tomorrow night, Drake will be happy—and a happy Drake in Houston usually means a huge party is about to go down.

Looking for a watch party of your own? Man City fans will be congregating at Little Woodrow’s Midtown (2306 Brazos St.) tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. Soccer superstars like Carli Lloyd—who currently plays for the U.S. Women’s national team and the Manchester City Women’s team—will be on hand meeting fans until 7 p.m., while the game itself kicks off at 8:30.

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