Football has always been one of the very lucrative sports, with a constant number of spectators and spectators across the globe. Apart from the well-known David Beckham, there are other celebrities who are very interested in sports and ready to invest in it.
Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, with teams playing prestigious matches and clubs earning millions in revenue. Such is their reputation that some sports stars are themselves acclaimed brands. Therefore, it only makes sense to invest and earn returns as the teams perform well.
Businessmen, actors and sports personalities have invested in football, some even taking over the reins of teams. However, it is not new for A-list celebrities to buy popular sports clubs and partner with them. With the likes of LeBron James, Sir Elton John and Ryan Reynolds hopping on the bandwagon, sport has become a lucrative and booming business.
Here Are Some Famous Stars Who Have Invested in Soccer Teams
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney
Image credit: Rob McElhenney/ @robmcelhenney/ Instagram
In November 2020, actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney joined hands to take over ownership of the club from Wrexham AFC. Since both Reynolds and McElhenney were less well-known football fans, such a move came as a big surprise to their followers.
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) 26 October 2021
The actors first submitted their offer to Wrexham Supporters Trust in November 2020 and explained their plans to invest USD 2.5 million in the full acquisition. The prestigious Welsh football club is one of the oldest and ranks high in the National League.
Reynolds and McElhenney took it upon themselves to further promote the team to gain enough points on the league table. So far, the team has been unbeaten in 17 matches at their home ground – the most since 2015. He intends to invest more money to take the team to the top level of English football.
Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Jay Shetty, Christina Aguilera, Rachel Zoe and others
Angel City FC has several celebrity investors and co-owners who not only add to the glamor of the team but also help organize a train of sponsorships. The women’s soccer team was conceived by Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman in 2020, and its ever-growing list of investors includes some of her best friends like Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams and Jessica Chastain.
Recently, A-list celebrities like author and life coach Jay Shetty, actor Gabrielle Union and her younger daughter Kavia James, Olympic gold-winning gymnast Sean Johnson East and fashion designer Rachel Zoe have also joined the list.
The team made its home ground debut in April 2022, but has already garnered a lot of attention. They won the NWSL match 2–1 against North Carolina Courage at the Bank of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The team will take on Orlando Pride in their next match on 9 May 2022.
Image Credits: KingJames / Instagram
The Los Angeles Lakers star is not only a die-hard football fan or avid Champions League spectator but has also invested in the premier football club – Liverpool FC.
The four-time NBA winner bought two percent of the football club in 2011 for USD 6.5 million. according to a business Insider According to the report, his stake was valued at around USD 32 million in 2018 and has been rising steadily.
Since then, Liverpool have won the Champions and Premier League, raising the team’s global value to more than USD 4.1 billion as of April 2021, according to Forbes, Such achievements and high value have raised the value of LeBron James’ stake to approximately US$46 million as of 2021 BBC report good.
Image credit: David Beckham/@davidbeckham/Instagram
David Beckham is a well known name in football having played for some of the most prestigious clubs. Guild Esports, a co-owner of the eSports talent development agency, retired from the field in 2013 to invest in the sport.
The former England captain and Manchester United legend George and Jose Maas co-own the Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Inter Miami. In September 2021, Beckham increased his ownership stake and was instrumental in finalizing the purchase of Marcelo Clare and Masayoshi Son.
According to a 2021 press release by Inter Miami, Beckham said, “We are very proud of the progress we have made in Major League Soccer over the past year and a half, and we are grateful to have Marcelo and Masayoshi with us on the first of our journey.” Part.” He also received MLS squad waiver rights as part of his 2007 contract, through which he played for the league as part of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
That’s not all for the stellar midfielder. Along with his former teammates, known as the ‘Class of 92’, he bought a 10 percent stake in Salford City Football Club in 2019. ‘Class of 92’ stars Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes. and Nikki Butt, along with Beckham, who is the majority shareholder of the team.
In the year 2019, Salford City secured their first promotion in the Football League by defeating AFC Field, which was a big boost for the team.
Image credit: Drew Carey/ @drefromtv/ Instagram
One of America’s best-loved comedians, actors, and game show hosts, Drew Carey was among the first people in America to own a football team when he bought a 7.5 percent stake in MLS franchise Seattle Sounders FC in 2007.
price is right Star is also the president of the club’s member union Seattle Sounders FC Alliance. Carey developed a knack for the game when he watched the LA Galaxy match live in 2003 and has appeared in almost all of the team’s games so far. The team won its first MLS Cup in 2016.
In 2019, Russell Wilson, quarterback of the acclaimed American football team Seattle Seahawks, and his wife and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ciara, as well as rapper Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis, also joined the club’s ownership group. It was the same year the team won its second MLS Cup.
Image Credits: Elton John/ @eltonjohn/ Instagram
In 1976, singing icon and legend, Elton John, took over the reins of Watford and became its owner and president. During his ownership, the club climbed from the fourth to the First Division, which can be considered the Premier League equivalent of the 1980s. However, it lost to Liverpool in 1983 but reached the final of the FA Cup the following year.
In 1987, John sold the club to businessman and philanthropist Jack Petty. However, he returned as chairman a decade later in 1997, but stepped down in 2002. He remained Honorary Life President of the football club and, although he may no longer be the majority stakeholder, has substantial skin in the game with financial interests.
Elton John, who plays regularly in Watford’s home matches, also has a stand named after him on Vicarage Road.
Image credit: Will Ferrell / IMDb
It may be hard for many to believe that Hollywood comedian and actor Will Ferrell is a die-hard football fan. His passion for the game is such that saturday night live Starr invested in his home ground team Los Angeles FC, known as LAFC, and became a co-owner of the MLS franchise in 2016.
Nicknamed ‘The Black and Gold’, the team also has other entertainment and sports glitterati as co-owners. These include basketball legend Arvin “Magic” Johnson, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley and US television veterans Allen and Mark Shapiro.
Additionally, US Women’s National Team (USWNT) alum and legend Mia Humm Garciapara and her husband and former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciapara hold a minority stake in the club.
(Main Image Credits: KingJames/Instagram, David Beckham/@DavidBeckham/Instagram; Feature Image Credits: David Beckham/@DavidBeckham/Instagram)
This story was first published on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.
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