Four-time major winning golfer Rory McIlroy Manchester United has expressed interest in buying shares.
It was announced last week that the former world No. 1 was part of a consortium with the Kansas City Chiefs star. Travis Kelce And Patrick Mahomes who invested €200 million ($210,970m) in the Alpine Formula One team.
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Speaking at the Circuit of the Americas where he was present for the Austin Grand Prix, McIlroy said Sky Sports Desire to increase his sporting portfolio.
“Sports team ownership was earlier limited to private equity and people who had a lot of money. But now sports stars are saving more and using their money in the right way,” he said.
“I want to be able to own a small percentage of the club. I grew up cheering as a boy.”
After a lengthy negotiation process, Sir Jim Ratcliffe bought a 25% stake in Manchester United last week in a deal valued at around £1.3 billion. [$1.576 billion] and £1.5 billion [$1.82 billion]
Although the Glazers remain majority owners of the club, Ratcliffe’s INEOS team will have “sporting influence” at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN.
It was a move that McIlroy welcomed.
“Sir Jim has a great track record and everyone who supports United should be excited about the prospects if they give him full sporting authority and decision making for the club. As a fan I’m excited,” he said.
“I would have preferred to take 0.00001% of Manchester United when Jim Ratcliffe took 25%. And if another opportunity came up I would look at it. But it’s not something that’s on our table yet,” McIlroy said.
“Birmingham has Tom Brady [City] And some golfers have — Jordan Spieth And Justin Thomas — who invested with the 49ers group, and own a small slice of Leeds[United]. They asked me if I wanted to come on board and I said as a Man United fan I wouldn’t go anywhere near that.”
On Saturday, Manchester United beat Sheffield United 2-1 to remain eighth in the table.