One tweet was enough to blow up the football world. If Manchester United shares were up for sale, billionaire Elon Musk would simply joke about a possible takeover.
With South African billionaire Elon Musk, the shortest jokes are often the best. On Tuesday, he set the football world on fire by announcing on Twitter that he was going to buy Manchester United, simply the most expensive club in the world, and today, in the midst of a sports crisis, the Red Devils are the last in the Premier League and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave. Elon Musk was never the last to make a fuss, then denied it, but the tweet went so viral it may have given other football billionaires ideas…
In addition, I buy Manchester United, welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
So we learn from Bloomberg that English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, owner of OGC Nice and rich as Croesus thanks to the fortune amassed by Ineos, the petrochemical giant, will be looking after the club. “If it’s up for sale, Jim will be interested,” a spokesman for the billionaire told The Times. What follows is a declaration of war against the club’s current American owners, the Glazers, who are hated by Red Devil fans.
At the same time, the spokesman added that he intends to invest his money in the modernization of Old Trafford and return everything back (it is understood that before the arrival of the Glazers). The club is valued at €6 billion despite declining results over the decade. Malcolm Glazer, who died in 2014, bought 75% of the club for less than a billion in 2005.