Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday evening that he was buying Manchester United Football Club. However, it is not clear whether the tweet was in jest or serious. Elon Musk has a habit of making inflammatory statements on social media just for fun.
Musk said: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” in response to an earlier tweet about supporting America’s two major political parties.
There was no immediate reaction from the club or its owners to Musk’s tweet.
Manchester United is currently led by the six children of the late American businessman Malcolm Glazer, who took a controlling stake in the franchise in 2005. The Glazer family also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL franchise in Florida.
Shares of the team listed on the New York Stock Exchange were down year-on-year but ended Tuesday with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion (about Rs 16,655 crore).
Manchester United fans have criticized the team’s management for their poor performance in recent years, as well as their involvement in a plan to start a new “Super League” featuring Europe’s richest teams. Further protests against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club are planned ahead of United’s next game at home to Liverpool on 22 August.
Elon Musk recently sold shares worth about $7 billion (about Rs 55,517 crore) of Tesla and is in a major legal battle over his aborted plans to buy Twitter in the US state of Delaware.