Elon Musk’s tweet about Man United takeover turned out to be a joke.  Which other billionaires could buy the club?

Elon Musk’s tweet about Man United takeover turned out to be a joke. Which other billionaires could buy the club?

Elon Musk’s tweet about Man United takeover turned out to be a joke.  Which other billionaires could buy the club?

Disheartened Manchester United fans were lulled into thinking all their Christmases had come at once this week when Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, said he was going to buy the struggling Premier League club.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, whose net worth according to Forbes is $270 billion, announced on social media that he planned to buy the club from the Glazer family.

The pledge would have been music to the ears of beleaguered United fans who are planning another protest against the club’s owners ahead of next Monday’s home clash against Liverpool, who won 5-0 at Old Trafford and beat them 4- 0 at Anfield last season. .

Given that United started the season under new manager Erik ten Hag with a 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion and then followed that up with Saturday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford, the arrival of the Jurgen Klopp’s side (who are also winless from both of their games this season) is not one that many United supporters appreciate.

Musk announced the news on Twitter, the social platform for which his attempt had led to a lengthy legal battle, on Tuesday evening when he posted a message claiming he was preparing a takeover bid for Old Trafford.

Unfortunately for United supporters, the 51-year-old then had to explain to his 103.4 million followers that he was just kiddingwhich is never a good sign of the quality of your comedic material.

As it turns out, the prospect of Musk taking over at various sports ventures is a recurring theme in his production of One-Minute Laughs on social media.

Yet even after ruling out the prospect of stepping up to save United, Musk still left open the possibility that he could bid for the Old Trafford boardroom one day in revealing his club childhood fandom.

Unsurprisingly, Musk’s tweet prompted an outpouring of backlash from United fans, many of whom seemed perfectly happy with the takeover as long as it ended the much-derided era of Glazer. One of them even suggested that Musk rebrands Old Trafford with the same unconventional name like the son he had with his ex-partner, Grimes.

Some were not convinced that a revolution led by billionaires would be enough to save United on their own after a lousy start to the season.

As usual, poor old Harry Maguire also managed to unwittingly get caught in the crossfire, with a cheeky fan imploring Musk to sign the centre-back for his next space exploration project.

It would cost Musk around $2.4 billion to buy Manchester United, based on their current market valuation, which is less than 1% of his current net worth. However, he could make history by being the first person to buy a football team using dogecoin, his cryptocurrency of choice.

“I mainly support [dogecoin]frankly, because I think Doge has memes and dogs and he seems to have a sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously,” he said last week.

Using the same currency to buy a meme football club? How appropriate.

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Of course, Musk isn’t the only person with the financial muscle to buy Manchester United, with several of his contemporaries in the upper echelons of Forbes’ rich list possessing the wherewithal to launch their own bids if the mood takes them. .

Bernard Arnault ($173.9 billion net worth, according to Forbes)

French billionaire Arnault is the co-founder and chairman of Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest supplier of luxury goods. It would be worth just seeing what a wardrobe of home, away and third kits designed by Louis Vuitton would look like.

Jeff Bezos ($169.2 billion)

Bezos has transformed the once humble online bookstore Amazon into a ubiquitous global marketplace known for its rigorous scrutiny of worker productivity. Manchester United as a team covered just 95.6 kilometers of ground in their abysmal 4-0 loss to Brentford while the Bees covered 109.4 km. Just say.

Bill Gates ($114.8 billion)

The Microsoft founder is famous for his philanthropy and could perhaps be persuaded to buy United as a charity venture, gradually nursing the ailing club. After all, the Gates Foundation which he leads with his ex-wife Melinda is committed to ‘tackling our world’s greatest inequalities’ and many United fans will feel that finishing a dismal sixth place in the Premier League League last season is one of them.

Larry Page ($103.5 billion) and Sergey Brin ($100.4 billion)

With Google’s billionaire co-founders at the helm, former United chief Ed Woodward’s quest to make the Red Devils the biggest football club on the internet would surely be cemented forever.

Mark Zuckerberg ($64.4 billion)

Without a Premier League title since 2013 and without silverware of any kind since 2017, perhaps hoisting digital trophies in the Metaverse is the best United can hope for these days?

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