When sports worlds collide—the internet was sent into a frenzy after UFC star Conor McGregor expressed his interest in buying Manchester United, one of the world's most popular soccer teams. He asked his fans on Twitter to offer their thoughts on the prospect and he received 20,000 responses to his tweet, discussing the pros and cons.
Some people scoffed at the idea, comparing the $2.5 billion-worth franchise to McGregor's estimated $120 million net worth. That said, he also sold his whiskey Proper 12 to Becle, the company that oversees spirits brands such as Jose Cuervo, Bushmills and Kraken, so that deal could have easily bumped up his net worth to around half a billion dollars.
Still, people simply don't think he has enough money to buy out the team in the first place. Currently, Manchester United is owned by the Glazer Family, which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Should McGregor be serious about being a Man Utd owner, he will have to opt for a minority ownership.
McGregor announced his intentions during a time when the soccer team saw a couple of structural and procedural changes. Firstly, Ed Woodword, the franchise's executive vice-chairman, stepped down from his position early, despite initially planning to leave at the end of the season. Then, Manchester United pulled out of the Super League, a tournament which was supposed to feature 12 of Europe's best soccer teams.
"I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world's greatest football club for the past 16 years," said Woodward in a statement. "The club is well-positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year."
With the Super League on the verge of dismantling, perhaps there will be some Manchester United stock available for McGregor to get his hands on.