13 Brilliant Songs You Didn’t Know Were Inspired By Sports Stars

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In January we brought you the strange story of Morrissey’s fascination with footballer Eric Cantona – the mercurial Frenchman whose 1995 kung-fu kick on a xenophobic fan during a game at Crystal Palace inspired ‘Southpaw Grammar’, arguably Moz’s most daring solo album. It got us thinking – what other athletes have inspired great music? Here’s 13 songs and their surprisingly sporty origins…

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