It wasn’t immediately clear if the billionaire entrepreneur was joking given his past online antics
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has pledged to buy British soccer club Manchester United, sparking a firestorm of speculation on social media as observers questioned whether the commitment was sincere.
After he tweeted what appeared to be a political joke about his support for “Left half of the Republican Party and right half of the Democratic Party” on Tuesday night, Musk nonchalantly added that he would buy the world-renowned soccer club.
“Furthermore, I buy Manchester United ur [sic] welcome,” he said, offering no explanation.
Also, I’m buying Manchester United, you’re welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
The comment quickly sent waves on Twitter, with some users ask if Musk was serious, while others anything but begged the businessman to buy the team, which has had a shaky performance so far this season and is currently bottom in the Premier League table. Some stoned ManU as “to joke,” however, and critics told Musk the investment would be poor.
A well-followed Manchester fan account also warned that Musk had made a “legally binding” pledge to buy the club with his tweet, joking that he would be forced to do so under a bill recently passed in the United States.
Elon is a legally binding intention to purchase, this is a new law in the Inflation Reduction Act.
— UnitedMuppetiers (@Muppetiers) August 17, 2022
The tweet about Manchester isn’t the first time Musk has hinted at buying a major business venture somewhat haphazardly, previously joking that he’d like to buy Coca-Cola in order to “put the cocaine back in.” The jokes appear to be tied to the CEO’s effort to buy Twitter for $41 billion, which hit snags and all but failed amid a dispute over the number of “bot” accounts on the platform.
According to Forbes, Manchester United is worth an estimated $4.6 billion and is a publicly traded company, currently owned by US business tycoon Malcolm Glazer. This means Musk – among the wealthiest men in the world – will likely have the necessary funds if he chooses to buy the club. Should his tweet be sincere, however, Musk could face some competition, as British businessman Michael Knighton has reportedly shown interest in his own takeover bid for ManU.
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