Golf megastar wants to make small investment in Manchester United

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy expresses his desire to buy a minority share of Manchester United

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy admitted that he would love to invest in Manchester United but hasn’t had an opportunity. The famed Northern Irishman has been a lifelong fan of the club.

The 34-year-old has invested in the Formula One Alpine team with a group of sports stars. These sports celebrities include Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Anthony Joshua, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alexander Zverev, and Juan Mata.

United fans would prefer more passionate fans-turned-investors like McIlroy to have control over their club rather than the Glazers. The Glazers and the Red Devils fanbase have a bitter relationship since they took over in 2005.

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy expressed his desire to buy a minority share of Manchester United.. (Credit: BBC Sports)
Professional golfer Rory McIlroy wants to buy minority shares of Manchester United. (Credit: BBC Sports)

McIlroy told Sky Sports about his desire to own a minor share of Manchester United if there’s an opportunity. He said:

“I would love to be able to own a tiny percentage of the club I grew up cheering on as a boy. I would have loved to have taken 0.00001 per cent of Manchester United when Jim Ratcliffe took 25 per cent. And if another opportunity comes my way I will look at it. But it is not something that has come across our table as of yet.”

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani withdrew from buying the Red Devils after the Glazers rejected his latest offer. According to Fabrizio Romano’s exclusive report, Sheikh Jassim’s bid was “almost double” than $3.5bn market valuation of the club.

Furthermore, the Qatari banker was willing to spend $1.5bn extra investment on the clubs’ infrastructure, stadium and squad. United would’ve been debt-free under the 100 per cent ownership of Sheikh Jassim.

Daily Mail reported in September that the Glazers are holding onto a £10bn valuation that they have set over United. The report suggested that Americans can remove the club from the market when they deem it necessary.

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British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made a bid to buy a 25 per cent stake in the club. Fans eagerly anticipate clarity as United’s boards prepare to vote on the bid in the coming days. The Old Trafford loyalists would like nothing more than to see the Glazers gone as soon as possible.