Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday said he was buying English football club Manchester United Plc.
“I bought Manchester United, welcome” Musk, who is known for his offensive tweets, posted on the micro-blogging platform.
While it wasn’t immediately clear if the billionaire investor was serious about pursuing a deal, his tweets made the internet go wild.
The American Glazer family, who control the club, have faced the wrath of Manchester United fans over the team’s struggles on the pitch – the Old Trafford-based club are currently bottom of the Premier League after a 4-0 thrashing by Brentford away.
In recent years, Manchester United fans have protested against the Glazer family, who bought the club for 790 million pounds ($955.51 million) in 2005.
As of Tuesday, Manchester United had a market cap of $2.08 billion.
Musk’s tweet garnered tens of thousands of likes within minutes and sparked hilarious responses from social media users.
“If they keep playing like they used to, you will get a discount,” wrote one user.
Another replied, “United players will end up being dangerous in Space.”
Many point to the recent flip-flop over a deal with Twitter. Earlier this year, Musk offered to buy the social media company but backed out of the deal, claiming the social media platform had more “spam bots” and fake accounts than Twitter disclosed.
Twitter has sued Musk claiming that the billionaire used concerns about spam accounts and bots as an excuse to walk out of the deal.
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