The pro golfer turned down the opportunity to invest in Leeds United as part of 49ers Enterprises takeover
Professional golfer Rory McIlroy says supporting Manchester United made it impossible for him to invest in Leeds United this summer as part of the 49ers Enterprises’ Elland Road takeover.
A group of investors completed their takeover of Whites football club, marking the end of Andrea Radrizzani’s tenure. Golfers Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas approached Rory McIlroy to join their project, but he turned down the offer, just like Rickie Fowler.
McIlroy recently invested in F1 team Alpine, highlighting the increasing trend of cross-sport partnerships. He explained that sports stars are becoming more financially savvy, and are looking to make the most of their money.
McIlroy declined the opportunity to invest in Manchester United due to his loyalty to the rival team. However, he expressed his desire to own even a small percentage of the club he grew up supporting. He also spoke about his passion for Formula 1, which has had a significant Northern Irish/Irish connection in the past, with Eddie Jordan and Eddie Irvine.
I have always been interested in Formula One racing, and when this opportunity presented itself, I saw the potential for growth and success. With the increasing popularity of F1 in the United States, I believe that investing in this venture could lead to an exciting journey with a compelling story. I have invested in other things, but this opportunity has a unique appeal.
“It’s not surprising that they sought investors in the market. It brings stability to the team and boosts their confidence moving forward. F1 is known for their excellent management and organization, something that golf could learn from.”