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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buy Wrexham: David Beckham, Donald Trump and more celebrity sports team owners

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Picture: Getty Other stars who have owned sports teams as Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney snap up Wrexham

Ryan and Rob are in good company

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have seen their takeover bid approved by the Wrexham Supporters Trust.

The two Hollywood stars proved we shouldn’t rule anything out in 2020 as they made the move into English football this week, but they’re far from the first celebrities to own a team.

In the past, the likes of David Beckham, Russell Crowe and Donald Trump have stepped into the sport world.

Here are some of the top names to cross over…

David Beckham – Inter Miami CF

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain

Becks launched his own team with their first match this year (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Beckham’s move to Major League Soccer in 2007 was a landmark moment in the history of the US division.

As a part of his transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, there was an agreement that allowed the former England captain to own an MLS team for a discounted fee.

He exercised that option in 2014 and the team played its first match earlier this year.

Shah Rukh Khan – Kolkata Knight Riders

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan’s franchise has benefited from its ownership (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan bought the cricket team at the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2007.

The franchise has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners – film producer and entrepreneur Juhi Chawla is also an owner – and won the IPL in 2012 and 2014.

Russell Crowe – South Sydney Rabbitohs

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 24: Russell Crowe attends

Crowe kept it local (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) Photographer: Jamie McCarthy Provider: Getty Images Source: Getty Images North America

Raised in Sydney, film star Russell Crowe bought the Rabbitohs along with businessman Peter Holmes a Court in 2006.

Holmes a Court stood down two years later amid rumours of a rift with the actor, who remains involved with the rugby league club.

Donald Trump – New Jersey Generals

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. .Trump is making unsupported claims of massive voting fraud, demanding recounts and calling for audits. All of this an effort to discredit the outcome and, in the process, put democracy itself on trial. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Before his was president, Trump had other goals (Credits: AP)

Before he became President of the United States, one of Trump’s ambitions was to own a sports franchise and he coveted an NFL team.

Unable to make this happen, he purchased the New Jersey Generals American football team of the newly formed USFL in the early-1980s.

By 1986 the league had collapsed and many blamed the businessman for its demise.

Richard Branson – London Broncos

FILE PHOTO: Sir Richard Branson stands on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the start of trading in Virgin Galactic in New York, Oct. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Branson stepped into the rugby world, but left four years later (Credits: REUTERS)

The British businessman took over as chairman of the rugby league club in 1997 with a promise to make them the best in the world.

The Broncos finished second in Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final but by 2001 Branson was gone and a slow decline followed.

Sir Elton John – Watford

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Elton John attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Sir Elton spent a long stint at the club (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Sir Elton John became club chairman at Watford in 1976.

His ambition was to take the team from the old Fourth Division to the First Division – and he succeeded.

Under manager Graham Taylor, the Hornets finished second behind champions Liverpool during the 1982-83 season.

Sir Elton stepped down as chairman in 2002, leaving behind an impressive legacy.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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