The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, revealed in a tweet on Tuesday that he was purchasing English soccer club Manchester United, one of the best-known and most popular teams in the world, without providing any other information.
The eccentric billionaire, who is currently involved in a lawsuit over his attempt to acquire Twitter, tweeted on Tuesday night that he is buying the Manchester United football team, but it was unclear whether he was being serious or not.
Musk has a reputation for being unusual and sending out ridiculous tweets. It was not immediately obvious whether he intended to pursue a proposal to acquire Manchester United, one of the most recognizable names in soccer, which is now experiencing on-field problems and heated fan demands for a change in ownership.
The team’s primary Twitter account has more than 32 million followers, and Musk’s message received 220,000 “likes” in under two hours.
This year, Forbes ranked Real Madrid and Barcelona as the top two most valuable football clubs in the world, with Manchester United coming in third at $4.6 billion.
The six heirs of the late American businessman Malcolm Glazer, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2005, are currently in charge of Manchester United, a storied English football club.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a Florida-based NFL team, are also owned by the Glazer family.
However, the Red Devils have had a shaky start to this year after finishing sixth in the English Premier League the previous season.
Manchester United is currently in last place, for the first time in 30 years, following two straight losses, including a shocking 0-4 loss last weekend against Brentford.
The management of Manchester United has come under fire from supporters for the team’s recent underwhelming results as well as their participation in a scheme to establish a new Super League of Europe’s wealthiest teams.
Before United’s upcoming match at home against Liverpool on August 22, more demonstrations are planned against the Glazer family’s ownership of the team.
But neither the team nor its owners responded right away to Musk’s post.