Elon Musk, the world’s richest man valued at round $270 billion USD (by way of Forbes), despatched the soccer world into meltdown on Thursday with only one sentence.
Musk tweeted: “Additionally, I’m shopping for Manchester United ur welcome”.
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Manchester United is in disarray after ending sixth final season – their worst results of the Premier League period – and beginning the brand new marketing campaign with a pair of embarrassing losses.
Their house owners, the American Glazer household who additionally personal NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are broadly hated in Manchester for their (mis)management of the team since a takeover in 2005.
The Glazers have refused to promote the membership on a number of events up to now, however the dire state of affairs at Previous Trafford might lastly persuade them to vary their thoughts – as might Musk’s billions.
Musk this week bought $US6.9 billion (round $10bn AUD) of Tesla inventory, which might give him greater than sufficient money to fulfill the Glazers’ valuation final 12 months of $US4bn for the membership.
Nevertheless, Musk has an extended historical past of trolling followers on Twitter – together with loads of earlier jokes about shopping for firms.
He’s at the moment making an attempt to again out of a US$44billion deal to purchase Twitter.
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Right here’s how the world reacted to Musks’s tweet: