San Francisco: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he is buying British soccer club Manchester United. Musk, however, did not disclose the amount he is paying to acquire the legendary soccer team. The club’s latest market capitalization is nearly $2.08 billion. Tesla could begin deliveries of the future Cybertruck in mid-2023, says Elon Musk.
“I’m buying Manchester United,” Musk tweeted.
However, it was not immediately clear whether Musk was just having fun or was serious about the acquisition. The club is owned by the American Glazer family, who bought it for around £790m in 2005.
Also, I’m buying Manchester United, please
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
The announcement came as he was engaged in a political tweet.
“To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!” he wrote ahead of the US midterm elections in November.
Earlier, Musk’s supporters asked him to buy Manchester United instead of Twitter. Manchester United Football Club, commonly referred to as Manchester United or simply United, is based in the Old Trafford area of Greater Manchester, England.
The club participates in the Premier League, the top division of the English football league. Nicknamed the Red Devils, it was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, but changed its name to Manchester United in 1902. In 1910, the club moved from Newton Heath to the current Old Trafford stadium.
Manchester United have won a record 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Cups. It is one of the most popular football clubs in the world, competing with Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds United.
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