Austin tech billionaire Elon Musk has tweeted that he wants to buy British football club Manchester United. “I’m also buying Manchester United. You’re welcome“ ” the 51-year-old wrote on the social network on Wednesday night. At first it was not clear whether he was serious about this or just wanted to make a joke.
In the same Twitter thread, he had previously stated: “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!” Musk’s announcement about the possible purchase of the football club already garnered over 180,000 “likes” in the first hour and a half.
The market capitalization of the English record champion at the close of the stock exchange was 2.08 billion dollars. Musk is known for the fact that his announcements on Twitter are not always meant seriously. It was not immediately clear if he was seeking a deal. Manchester United did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The club is majority owned by the U.S. Glazer family. This is criticized by fans, as the team does not show the desired performance on the pitch. Some fans had therefore asked Musk to buy Manchester United instead of Twitter.
The Tesla BOSS is considered eccentric and unpredictable. For example, Musk is currently in a legal dispute with Twitter itself, because he wants to cancel the approximately $ 44 billion takeover of the short message service.