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Top Footballers who own a football club

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By Thekaiser | self meida writer
Published 17 days ago - 49 views


The life of a professional footballer is a short one. Most footballers playing in top clubs in Europe most times start their career by the end of their teenage years and often their career end as they get the too late 30s. Once their playing careers end, these players invest their money and time in other sectors. 

Some become coaches, pundits, columnists, and some become businessmen. An example is Cristiano Ronaldo who owns a clothing brand in his home country Portugal. Most players plan for life after retirement during their playing days. We shall take a look at footballers who own football clubs next, because football is one of the best investment you can make.

Didier Drogba 


The African legend owns a second tier US football, Phoenix Rising. The club as founded in 2014 as Arizona United Soccer Club. In 2016, the name was changed to Phoenix Rising FC. The African legend joined the club on free transfer in 2017. 

He later purchased the club and became the first player – owner in football history.

• Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt 

The class of 92 completed he takeover of the club when they were playing in the English Premier League Division North, which is the seventh division in England. They sold 50% stake in the club to Peter Lim who is the owner of Spanish giants Valencia. 

The remaining stake in the club was shared d between Giggs, Scholes, Butt, and the Neville Brothers. The club has changed division twice since the takeover, and are now in the fifth division of the English league.

• Paolo Maldini 

The Italian legend is currently working in his old club as sporting strategy and development director. He is also the co-owner of American second division club Miami FC. He owns 50% of the club and the rest is owned by Italian billionaire Riccardo Silva who acts as the club president as well.

• David Beckham 

David Beckham moved to the MLS in 2007 from Spanish giants, Real Madrid. The move was a landmark moment in the history of the American league. Part of his agreement with LA Galaxy, allowed him to own an MLS expansion team at a discounted fee. 

That club was Internacional de Futbol Miami, popularly known as Inter Miami. A host of superstars have been linked with a move the club since he took over the team.

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