Entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and the richest person in the world, threatened this Tuesday with buying the Manchester United football clubAlthough he did not give any details.
“I’m going to buy Manchester United, you’re welcome,” Musk tweeted, but it was not clear if the billionaire was serious about the operationas he has a history of posting irreverent tweets.
Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
United is controlled by the American Glazer family.. Neither the club’s owners nor Musk immediately responded to a request for comment.
the british newspaper TheDailyMirror reported last year that the Glazers were willing to sell the clubBut only if they were offered more than 4 billion pounds ($4.84 billion).
Musk is trying to get out of a $44 billion operation to buy Twitter, which has landed him in court.
Manchester United is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. He has been champion of England a record 20 times and has won the European Cup three times.
Fan discontent over the Glazers’ lack of ambition in signing intensified after the team will finish sixth in the Premier League last season while Manchester City won a second successive title.
The soccer club had a market capitalization of $2.08 billion at the close of trading on Tuesday.
United fans have protested in recent years against the Glazers, who bought the club for 790 million pounds ($955.51 million) in 2005, due to the team’s difficulties on the pitch.
Some fans have urged Musk to buy Manchester United instead of buying Twitter.
Musk has a history of offbeat actions and comments, so it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a joke and a formal announcement.
His ambitions range from the colonization of Mars to the creation of a new sustainable energy economy, and in the process has built the world’s most valuable car company, electric vehicle maker Tesla, rocket company SpaceX, and a host of other small companies. One of them is a tunnel manufacturer called the Boring Company.
Forbes estimates his fortune at $270 billion. (rts)