Elon Musk announced on Tuesday night that he was buying the Manchester United soccer team; however, it was unclear whether the eccentric billionaire, now facing legal action over his attempt to acquire Twitter, was sincere. The 51-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who enjoys making inflammatory comments on social media, replied to a previous tweet about backing both of America’s main political parties: “Also, I’m purchasing Manchester United yer welcome.”
The six offspring of the late American billionaire Malcolm Glazer, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2005, are presently in charge of Manchester United, a renowned English football club.
Shares of the club traded on the New York Stock Exchange finished Tuesday unchanged and had a market value of $2.1 billion.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a Florida-based NFL team owned by the Glazer family.
The club’s owners and management did not respond to Musk’s post immediately.
Fans of Manchester United have opposed the organization’s administration over the team’s recent underwhelming results and its participation in a scheme to establish a new “Super League” of Europe’s wealthiest clubs.
Despite a shaky start to the current campaign, the Red Devils finished sixth in the English Premier League last year.
Manchester United is last in the standings after two consecutive defeats, including a shocking 0-4 setback the previous weekend against Brentford. This is the first time they have finished last on the list in thirty years.
Before United’s next match at home against Liverpool on August 22, further demonstrations against the Glazer family’s ownership of the team are expected.
The world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk, recently sold shares of Tesla for about $7 billion, and he is now engaged in a protracted legal dispute in the US state of Delaware over his failed attempt to acquire Twitter.