There has been a lot of talk about billionaire businessmen takeovers in football recently, but some former and current players have also become club owners. Here is a list of high-profile players who became club owners, including Kaizer Motaung and Ronaldo Nazario!
Click through the gallery above to see some footballers who became club owners!
One of the most famous club owners in the world is David Beckham. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has actually become involved in two clubs since retiring. He is a co-owner of Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami as well as English club Salford City.
The latter plays in League Two in English football, and was taken over by the famous "Class of 92" consisting of Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who all own 10% of the club. Businessman Peter Lim owned the other 50%, but Beckham bought 10% off him in January 2019.
Inter Miami, meanwhile, were awarded MLS status in 2018, four years after Beckham and two partners took over the club. Inter featured in its first MLS season in 2020 before the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak. Beckham is also president of the club, which recently announced an ambitious new stadium project.
Ronaldo Nazario, a former teammate of Beckham's, is another player-turned-owner. In fact, the Brazilian legend, who played alongside the England legend at Real Madrid, became the first-ever former player to buy a club in LaLiga. In September 2018, Ronaldo invested €30 million (R602 million) into Real Valladolid, becoming the club's major shareholder and president.
Meanwhile, Gerard Pique bought Spanish club FC Andorra via his firm Kosmos Holding in December 2018, and also bought a majority stake in Gimnastic Manresa in July 2019. He made headlines recently after Gabri Garcia, who was sacked as Andorra's coach in February, hit back at the FC Barcelona defender.
On the local scene, most will know about Kaizer Motaung's playing days. The 75-year-old joined former North American Soccer League (NASL) side Atlanta Chiefs in 1968 and was named "Rookie of the Year" after scoring 16 goals in 15 games. Upon his return to South Africa in 1970, he formed his own club Kaizer Chiefs, named after himself and his former NASL team.
You can find more player-turned-owners, including another former Orlando Pirates star, one of Africa's greatest strikers of all time and a player who took over a club that was named after him, in the gallery above!
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