In typical Musk fashion, the tongue-in-cheek wording of his announcement left some room for speculation as to whether or not the world’s richest man was serious about the purchase: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk said in the tweet.
Further adding to the strangeness around Musk’s announcement is that it came as a reply to another tweet of his, which said, “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!”
Asked by a follower whether he was serious, Musk later tweeted, “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
Manchester United is one of the most popular soccer clubs in the world and has an estimated value of $4.6 billion, according to Forbes, making it the third most valuable sports franchise in the world. Musk is worth an estimated $219 billion, according to Forbes.
Fans of Manchester United have been all but begging Musk to buy their beloved team from the Glazer family for months.
If Musk’s purchase of Manchester United is for real, and the world’s richest troll isn’t taking Twitter for a ride, then it would be the second time this year Musk has made himself the center of a major deal.
Manchester United has struggled to start its Premier League season thus far, going winless in its first two matches. Fans fear the team will be unable to persuade superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to stick around in the coming years. Perhaps Musk’s rumored acquisition of the club will inject the team with a boost.