Famous celebrities and singers who invest in football teams

More and more celebrities are investing in football teams because of the huge wealth potential.

With a consistent worldwide audience and viewership, soccer has always been one of the most lucrative sports for celebrities to invest money into. Apart from the well-known David Beckham, there are other celebrities who are very interested in sports and are willing to invest in it.

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, teams play iconic matches and clubs earn millions in revenue. They are so famous that some sports stars are recognized brands themselves. So, it only makes sense to invest and profit when teams perform brilliantly.

Businessmen, actors, athletes and other celebrities have invested in football teams, and some have even taken over management. However, it is not new for famous celebrities to buy popular sports clubs and collaborate with them. With the likes of LeBron James, Sir Elton John and Ryan Reynolds jumping to victory, the game has become a lucrative and booming business.

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney

Image credit: Rob McElhenney/ @robmcelhenney/ Instagram

In November 2020, actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney shook hands to become owners of Wrexham AFC. Since both Reynolds and McElhenney were lesser-known football fans, the move came as a big surprise to their followers.

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Earlier in November 2020, the cast submitted their bid to the Wrexham Supporters Trust and announced their plans to invest $2.5 million in a full takeover. The iconic Welsh football club is one of the oldest and ranks high in the National League.

Reynolds and McElhenney have committed to strengthening the team to gain significant points in the standings. The team is currently unbeaten in 17 games at home, the most since 2015. They intend to continue investing in order 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 many well-known investors and co-owners who not only increase the team’s appeal, but also help optimize a number of sponsors. This women’s soccer team was conceived by Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman in 2020, and her ever-growing list of investors includes some of her best friends, such as Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams and Jessica Chastain.

Other recent additions to the list include author and life coach Jay Shetty, actress Gabrielle Union and her young daughter Kaavia James, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East and fashion designer Rachel Zoe.

The team made their home arena debut in April 2022, but have already attracted a lot of attention and applause. They won the NWSL match against North Carolina Courage 2-1 at Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles. In the next match, the team will play against Orlando Pride on May 9, 2022.

LeBron James

Football team investor: LeBron James
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The Los Angeles Lakers star is not just an avid soccer fan or an ardent viewer of the Champions League, but has also invested in the premier soccer club, Liverpool FC.

The four-time NBA winner bought two percent of the football club in 2011 for $6.5 million. According to A Business Insider In 2018, his share was reportedly valued at nearly $32 million and growing.

Since then, Liverpool have won the Champions League and the Premier League, boosting the team’s global value to more than US$4.1 billion as of April 2021, according to the data. Forbes. Such accomplishments and high value have pushed the price of LeBron James’ stake to nearly $46 million in 2021 BBC report.

David Beckham

Famous investor: David Beckham
Image credit: David Beckham/ @davidbeckham/ Instagram

David Beckham is a famous name in football who has played for some of the most famous clubs. The co-owner of esports talent agency Guild Esports stepped down in 2013 just to invest in the game.

The former England captain and Manchester United legend co-owns Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami with Jorge and Jose Mas. In September 2021, Beckham increased his ownership and played a key role in completing the buyouts of Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son.

According to Inter Miami’s 2021 press release, Beckham said: “We are extremely proud of the progress we have made over the last year and a half in Major League Soccer and we are grateful to have Marcelo and Masayoshi with us. the first part of our journey.” In 2007, he was also eligible for an MLS team discount, which saw him play for the league as part of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

That’s not all for the star midfielder. Joining his former team-mates, known as the ‘Class of 92’, he bought a 10 per cent stake in Salford City Football Club in 2019. The Class of 92 includes Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, along with Beckham, who are majority shareholders in the team.

In 2019, Salford City beat AFC Fylde to secure their first ever promotion to the Football League, a major boost for the team.

Drew Carey

Investor of the famous football team: Drew Carey
Image Credit: Drew Carey/ @drefromtv/ Instagram

One of America’s most beloved comedians, actors and game show hosts, Drew Carey was one of the first US-based owners of a soccer team, buying a 7.5% stake in MLS franchise Seattle Sounders FC in 2007.

The price is right The star is also the chairman of the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance, the club’s members’ association. Carey developed a knack for the game while watching the LA Galaxy live in 2003 and has attended nearly every game the team has played to date. The team won its first MLS Cup in 2016.

In 2019, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ciara, as well as rapper Macklemore and his wife Trisha Davis also joined the club’s ownership group. In the same year, the team won its second MLS Cup.

Elton John

Football team investors: Elton John
Image credit: Elton John/ @eltonjohn/ Instagram

In 1976, singing icon and legend Elton John took over the reins of Watford and became its owner and chairman. During his tenure, the club rose from the fourth division to the first, which can be considered the equivalent of the Premier League of the 1980s. However, the club lost to Liverpool in 1983, but reached the FA Cup final the following year.

In 1987, John sold the club to businessman and philanthropist Jack Petsch. However, ten years later, he returned as chairman in 1997, but resigned in 2002. He continues to be the honorary life president of the football club and, although he may no longer be a major shareholder, has a significant role in the game with financial interests.

A regular at Watford’s home matches, Elton John also has a stand named after him at Vicarage Road.

Will Ferrell

Investors of the famous football team: Will Ferrell
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It may be hard for many to believe that Hollywood comedian and actor Will Ferrell is an avid football fan. Such is his obsession with the game that Saturday night live star invested in his hometown team Los Angeles FC, better known as LAFC, and became a co-owner of the MLS franchise in 2016.

The Black and Gold team is also co-owned by other entertainment and sports players. This includes basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, YouTube co-founder Chad Gurley and American broadcasters Allen and Mark Shapiro.

In addition, United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) alumnus and legend Mia Hamm Garciaparra and her husband and former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra own minority interests in the club.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.

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