Footballers give back to the beautiful game in various ways during their career. Some buy shares to encourage their early clubs as perceived in the case of Juan Mata, Michu and Santi Cazorla with Real Oviedo, others try their hand in management, commentary or administrative roles. But these footballers went a step ahead to own football clubs.
5. David Beckham -Miami MLS
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 3, 2018
David Beckham’s move to the United States in 2007 attracted a lot of eyeballs as many regarded as the main motive to be money. A lesser-known fact about the deal is that the popular Englishman was given a chance to buy a team outside New York for $25 million. Beckham duly exercised the option in 2014.
Thus, Miami MLS team came to be founded and is all set to be a part of the latest expansion of Major League Soccer.
4. Didier Drogba -Phoenix Rising
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 22, 2017
In football, player-manager is a term known to many. This role is still performed by players in lower leagues across the world. However, Didier Drogba probably is the first to become a player-owner when he signed for Phoenix Rising last year.
3. A part of the Class of 92 -Salford City
— BBC Get Inspired (@bbcgetinspired) October 29, 2015
Away from the United States, a part of the famed Manchester United Class of 92 own a club named Salford City in the lower leagues of England since 2014. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brothers Gary and Phil Neville bought the non-league club and control its operations.