Michael B. Jordan, the Hollywood A-lister best known for his roles in Creed and Black Panther is now a part-owner of AFC Bournemouth following the £120 million (approx. $150m USD) takeover of the Premier League club.
Bournemouth — also known as The Cherries — was previously owned by Maxim Denim and he finalized the deal to sell 100% of the club to an American-based consortium led by the high-profile investor, Bill Foley.
The Cherries are the latest Premier League club to be sold this season after Newcastle was taken over by Saudi investment and Todd Boehly took over Chelsea to become the successor of Roman Abramovich.
However, for Bournemouth’s Foley, the businessman is currently the managing general partner of Black Knight Football Club, of which Micheal B. Jordan is an investor. In addition, Foley is also the founder and owner of the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights and now the 77-year-old is in charge of Bournemouth as they look to build on the Premier League status that has seen them as consistent relegation-battlers.
Following the announcement of the deal, Bournemouth’s new chairman said: “I have tremendous respect for the passion and support the Bournemouth community and I believe that the connection to the community is the foundation for any success of any sports team.
“We will move forward with the ‘always advance, never retreat’ approach that has defined all of my endeavors. I am committed to working with the best football and business minds available to enhance player development, facilities, and the fan experience to put AFC Bournemouth in the best possible position to succeed.”
And while Foley is the main figure in Bournemouth’s new chapter, Michael B. Jordan is the latest movie star to be involved with a British football club after Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney purchased Wrexham Football Club for approximately $2.5m USD in November 2020.
In other news, the referee from the Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup game has been sent home.
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