Soccer is widely known for its superstar players. But the world’s most popular game has its fair share of superstar owners too.
Over the past decade, celebrities and athletes alike have jockeyed for ownership positions as soccer expands its global footprint. The game’s popularity is surging in America, and not just because of MLS. As the visibility of global leagues like the Champions League increases in the U.S., so has the interest of American investors like John W. Henry (who owns part of Liverpool FC) and Stan Kroenke (who owns most of Arsenal).
But there are also some prominent athletes and (non-billionaire) public figures involved that you might not know about. This is a roundup of the most notable.