“Right Now It’s…” – ‘The Last of Us’ Superstar Pedro Pascal Once Revealed His Favorite Sport Snubbing America’s Most Popular Sport

Published 02/11/2023, 9:15 AM EST

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The Americans are just starting to get well-versed with soccer in recent times. However, there have been diehard soccer fans in the US for many years despite its emergence in recent years. Quite a few years ago, Pedro Pascal once jokingly revealed that his favorite sport was none other than soccer. That response did take the world by surprise.

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But, in retrospect, Pascal seemed to have picked the better sport among all of them. In another question, the Hollywood star did reveal who he also supported during the World Cup.

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Fans were surprised because the renowned HBO star snubbed America’s most popular sport.

Pedro Pascal loves watching soccer!

This interview rolls back to 2014. Pedro Pascal was doing different interviews for promoting Game of Thrones. During that time, he once appeared on Buzzfeed for a different kind of fun interview. The interviewers asked him 42 questions in the form of a rapid-fire session. Those questions were based on the most random topics. However, the soccer universe got its answer during the interview.

Buzzfeed first asked Pascal about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Hollywood star then revealed that was rooting for Chile. After about 30 questions, they asked him about his favorite sport. Without thinking twice, Pascal confidently says, “Right now it’s football”. However, he then realizes that the people in America would think that he is talking about the NFL.

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Hence, he quickly clarified, “I mean soccer”. Fans were taken aback after hearing that answer. However, some of them quite expected that after Pascal indirectly revealed that he was supporting Chile during the World Cup. At that time, anyone in the US who supported soccer as a sport was considered ‘different’. All their lives, the people in the US have always given more importance to American football i.e., the NFL.

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Notably, a recent report revealed that soccer has taken considerable steps forward in the US.

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As 2022 ended, Sportico surprised the soccer universe with its year-end report. They had managed to compile the top 100 sports broadcasts in the US. The NFL undoubtedly dominated that chart. However, soccer also made a few appearances on that list. Ranked at #38, the 2022 FIFA World Cup final garnered 22.3 million viewers from America alone. Soccer critics and pundits were shocked after looking at the report.

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The report only proves that soccer is on the rise in America. It’s safe to say that the MLS is slowly making inroads on more television screens despite the NFL and NBA dominating the American sports industry. America is also one of the hosts, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The upcoming World Cup will hopefully cultivate and establish a rich soccer presence in the US.

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What do you think about soccer’s gradual growth in the US? Let us know in the comments below.

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Daniel D'Cruz is a Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Planning and Experiential Marketing from St. Xavier's College, Daniel went on to have a brief stint working in the Event Industry.
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