Washington: After his failed Twitter bid that has left the Tesla chief executive officer (CEO) in an arduous legal battle, Elon Musk today said he’s buying the English football club Manchester United.
“To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party,” he tweeted. And shortly after this tweet, he said, “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.”
Manchester United is one of the world’s best supported football clubs. They have been champions of England a record 20 times and have won the European Cup, the most prestigious club competition in the global game, three times.
The team, featuring top striker Cristiano Ronaldo, is controlled by the American Glazer family, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The football club had a market capitalization of $2.08 billion, as of Tuesday’s stock market close.
Manchester United fans have in recent years protested against the Glazers, who bought the club for 790 million pounds ($955.51 million) in 2005, due to the team’s struggles on the pitch. The anti-Glazer movement gained momentum last year after United were involved in a failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League.
Some fans have urged Musk to buy Manchester United instead of buying Twitter. Musk is trying to exit a $44 billion agreement to buy the social media company, which has taken him to court.