It's no longer news that many football players earn a lot of money. This frequently leads to concerns about how to spend or invest the funds. Others start enterprises or foundations, while others invest in real estate. A select handful, on the other hand, prefer to give back by founding their own football team. Here are 5 well-known players who own a football club
Demba Ba and Eden Hazard, former Chelsea players, founded their own club in San Diego in 2016, dubbing it San Diego 1904 after the 19th letter of the alphabet and the fourth letter of the alphabet. Hazard's former Lille teammates Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sow were also early investors, while Ba was the principal investor and remains the club's chairman. Although Cabaye and Sow are no longer listed as founders of San Diego 1904, Ba and Hazard continue to own the team, which competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).
4. Paolo Maldini
Miami FC, a new club that began participating in the second-tier North American Soccer League in 2015, was founded by long-time AC Milan defender and Italy captain Riccardo Silva. He named Alessandro Nesta, a former comrade, as the club's first coach. Nesta is no longer in charge. but Maldini is still a co-owner. AC Milan's current Sporting Director is Paolo Maldini.
3. Gerard Pique.
Andorra FC is a football club based in Encamp, Andorra, that has competed in Spanish leagues since 1948. The club was created in 1942 and was Andorra's first football club. Gerrard Pique, a Barcelona centre-back, purchased the club through his company Kosmos Holding Group in December 2018. Andorra FC is now in Segunda División B, Spain's third division, and is managed by Eder Sarabia, a former Barcelona assistant coach.
2. David Becham.
One of the reasons David Beckham didn't join his former Manchester United teammates in their acquisition of Salford City was because he was too preoccupied with getting his own club off the ground in the sunnier climes of Miami, Florida. When Beckham joined the MLS as a player in 2007, one of the unusual terms of his deal permitted him to buy an expansion team anyplace other than New York for a fixed $25 million. In 2014, he took advantage of that choice by relocating to South Florida and leading an ownership group that founded Inter Miami. In 2020, the squad made their Major League Soccer debut.
Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, made his first foray into club ownership in 2014, when he bought a minority stake in the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers. It was even claimed that he would make a comeback as a player at the moment. After that participation ended, the Brazilian legend returned to club ownership a few years later, taking a 51 percent controlling stake in Real Valladolid of La Liga. Ronaldo paid €30 million and became the new president of the club. He has extended his investment in Valladolid in the years thereafter, but the team has remained a yo-yo on the pitch.
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