Elon Musk says he was joking about buying Manchester United.

August 17/2010, the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, on his Twitter page a few hours ago, announced on his Twitter page that he is buying the English football club Manchester United Pvt.

“No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I don’t buy any sports teams,” Musk posted when asked by a user if he was serious about buying the club. “If it was a team though, it would be Man U,” he added, “They were my favorite (sic) team when I was a kid.”

“I’m buying Manchester United (sic) welcome,” Mook initially tweeted without giving any details. Some Manchester United fans, frustrated by the club’s recent decline, have previously urged Musk to consider buying the club on Twitter.

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Twitter’s transformational Musk is in court as he seeks to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter ( TWTR.N ), four months after he announced on stage that he would buy the social media company.

Musk has a history of posting odd and irreverent tweets, which sometimes make it difficult to tell when he’s joking.

“Next time I’m buying Coca-Cola to bring back cocaine,” he tweeted on April 27, two days after Twitter’s board rejected an offer to buy the company.

Responding to that post, he tweeted on Wednesday: “And I don’t buy Coca Cola to ingest cocaine, even though such a move is very popular.”

Musk’s tweets have landed him in hot water with US regulators in the past over what he might buy.

In the year In 2018, he tweeted that he had “funding available” for a $72 billion deal to take Tesla private, but did not move forward with the offer. Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million in civil penalties — and Musk resigned as Tesla chairman — after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Musk defrauded investors.

The SEC did not immediately respond to a request on Twitter that Musk was buying the club after hours.

Musk’s ambitions range from colonizing Mars to creating a new sustainable energy economy, and in the process he has built the world’s most valuable car company, electric vehicle maker Tesla, rocket company SpaceX and smaller companies. One is a tunnel builder called The Boring Company.

Widespread resistance

Manchester United is one of the most famous names in world football, but it is currently in a crisis on the field due to the anger of the fans who wanted the club’s owners, the American Glazer family, to leave the competition.

The three-time European Cup winners are on their longest run without a major trophy as fans and pundits clamor for a change of ownership in the world’s top club competition.

The British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported last year that the club billion pounds.

In its annual ranking released this year, Forbes named Manchester United, the world’s biggest fan base, as the soccer club worth $4.6 billion, second only to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But his stake in the New York-listed football club has fallen by a quarter over the past 12 months, which is worth more than $2 billion. The stock has rebounded over the past month, gaining 16% to close at $12.78 on Tuesday.

The England-based North of England club has more than 32 million followers on its main Twitter account, and Musk’s first tweet about the club received more than 430,000 likes on the platform within five hours.

According to Forbes, Musk, who is worth $270 billion, has the potential to buy the club.

Last week, Musk disclosed that he had sold $6.9 billion in Tesla shares, which he said could be used to fund the Twitter deal if he wins a legal battle with the social media platform.

In total, Musk sold about $32 billion worth of Tesla stock in one year to pay off tax obligations and finance the Twitter deal.

Musk and his lawyer did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on his original Twitter account before the message, which he said was joking. The Florida-based Glazer family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Jubi Babu in Bengaluru and Hyunjo Jin in San Francisco; Writing by Peter Henderson, Michael Perry and Satantani Ghosh; Editing by Aditya Soni, Neil Fullick and Kenneth Maxwell

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