24 Sep – So Deadpool is a soccer fan? Well, its actor Ryan Reynolds sure is, it seems, as he has made a surprising bid for Welsh soccer team, Wrexham Association Football Club (AFC).
The "Deadpool" star and Rob McElhenney ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") have expressed their interest in investing in Wrexham, as reported by BBC Sport.
It seems that the duo is following in the footsteps of fellow Hollywood star Mindy Kaling ("The Office"), who is among an American consortium's stakeholders that purchased in 2016 a controlling stake in another Welsh club, Swansea City.
Reportedly, Reynolds and McElhenney "will put forward their vision for the club to members at a special general meeting" and that members of the club, which has been fan-owned since 2011, have "voted overwhelmingly for talks to proceed".
The Wrexham takeover could lead to a £2 million investment in the club. At a special general meeting held recently, over 95% of the Wrexham Supporters Trust members asked, amounting to 1,223 members, voted for the move. Only 31 voted against.
News of Wrexham AFC being approached for purchase was first revealed last week. At the time, Reynolds and McElhenney's identities were kept under wrap, both only described as individuals that are "extremely well-known" and "of high net worth".
While the deal has yet to be revealed in detail to members, it is known that it entails the purchase of the club for a "nominal sum", which includes the abovementioned £2 million immediate investment to be used for "taking it forward as a business and as a successful football team".
(Photo source: Ryan Reynolds' Twitter)