3 footballers who own football clubs
The dream for most football fanatics is to be a professional footballer and play in top leagues. The ones who do not make it as a footballer, consider other professions and one day might consider buying a stake in a football club.
Then there are a few who do not have the resources to buy a stake in a football club nor the skill to make it as a footballer. They resort to writing about football and I belong to the latter category.
In this article, let us take a look at three out of the several individuals who had the skill to make it as a footballer and also the money to buy a stake in football clubs.
Undoubtedly the greatest striker to ever play for Chelsea FC, Didier Drogba, in his prime, was unstoppable. He won everything with Chelsea but is fondly remembered by Chelsea fans for his header in the Champions League final which led the game to extra time. He eventually hit the winning penalty which would win Chelsea their first Champions League.
Drogba later moved on to Galatasaray and then eventually MLS. He went on to buy Phoenix Rising FC which is a team which plays in the second division of the American Soccer Pyramid. He also played with them for a season before he announced his retirement.
When looking back at his career, Drogba scored goals, bought clubs and even stopped civil wars. A true legend.
2. David Beckham
One of the greatest free-kick takers to ever play the game, David Beckham is known globally. Not only did he have successful spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid, but Beckham was huge in popularising football (soccer) in the United States. Apart from that, he has his own clothing line, cologne and grooming kit.
Beckham started his own football club and named it Inter Miami CF. They are expected to start playing in the MLS from 2020. As you may have guessed they are based in Miami. Paulo Maldini also started his own football club in Miami which is named as Miami FC.
As a football fan, I certainly look forward to the Miami Derby which is bound to happen after 2020.
3. Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba
Eden Hazard and Demba Ba shared a spell together at Chelsea. The flashy winger and lethal striker had a good partnership both on and off the pitch. While Ba eventually left, he still remains really good friends with Hazard.
It was Demba Ba who proposed the idea of buying an NSL expansion side in San Diego. Hazard, Cabaye and Sow all chipped in and hence together they bought shares in a football club.
The team is named 1904 FC and was expected to make its debut in the NASL in 2018. Unfortunately, the season was cancelled and so it is yet to be seen what lies ahead for 1904 FC.