- Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to buy a quarter of Manchester United
- Rory McIlroy, a golfer, had intended to participate in the effort to invest in the club.
- Man United is a devotee of the North Irishman
As the drama surrounding Manchester United’s ownership draws to a close, golf legend Rory McIlroy has said that he would “love” to invest in the team.
Okpops is aware that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of INEOS, has consented to buy a 25% share in the team. Although club shareholders must yet approve the sale, it is anticipated that Ratcliffe will be successful in obtaining a minority shareholding.
According to insiders who spoke with Okpops, Ratcliffe would attempt to establish a new three-person leadership group at the top of the team, consisting of himself, Joel Glazer, the current United co-chair, and cycling expert Sir Dave Brailsford.
Childhood United supporter McIlroy, who is currently an investor in the Alpine Formula One team, stated in an interview with Sky Sports that, although the chance to participate in Ratcliffe’s attempt to acquire a share in the team did not present itself, he would have loved to have.
“Private equity and extremely wealthy individuals used to be the only groups allowed ownership of sports teams. However, athletes are becoming more astute and making wise financial decisions.””I would have loved to have taken 0.00001% of Manchester United when Jim Ratcliffe took 25%.
It would have been wonderful to be able to own a small portion of the team I grew up supporting.” And I’ll take a look at another chance that presents itself. However, it hasn’t yet been brought up on our table.”
In addition, McIlroy stated that because of his affiliation with the Red Devils, he was presented with an option to invest in one of United’s fiercest competitors but declined it.
“Tom Brady plays for Birmingham, and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, two golfers, invested with the 49ers Group and now control a small portion of Leeds. When they asked whether I wanted to join, I replied, “As a Man United supporter, I can’t go near that!” And McIlroy said.
“Everyone who supports United should be thrilled about the prospects if they grant Sir Jim complete sporting authority and decision-making power over the team. He has a stellar record.” I’m happy as a fan.”