Tom Brady is trading one football team for another. But it is not the traditional football of the US, instead, the Superbowl winning quarterback is now a minority owner of a British soccer team.
Much like Ryan Reynolds before him, it seems that Brady has decided to dip his toes into the world of soccer. And what better way to do that than with an ownership stake in the Birmingham City football team?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Brady entered a partnership with the club’s new owners, Knighthead Capital Management. With the deal, the former NFL star becomes chairman of a new advisory board at St. Andrew’s and, according to Knighthood co-founder Tom Wagner, will 'have a direct impact on the club,' which will benefit from his knowledge."
Tom Brady is now a minority owner of the Birmingham City soccer team in the UK
Upon the announcement of Tom Brady's latest sports venture, Brady himself spoke out about the team and his new role. According to the former football player, "Birmingham City is an iconic club with so much history and passion, and to be part of the Blues is a real honour for me."
It seems that Brady is expected to bring some of his winning experiences to the table as he helps to take the team to the next level in terms of performance. Of course, Brady is just the latest athlete to invest in a British team, although it does sound like he may be more hands on than some of the other celebrity personalities stepping into this arena.
Among the other athletes who have invested in UK based athletics we have J.J. Watt who became a Burnley shareholder, while a trio of athletes that includes Jordan Spieth are Leeds United stakeholders. Basically, if there is an opportunity, it seems as if celebrities and athletes alike are stepping up to invest in soccer teams in the UK.
If things go anything like they did for Wrexham following Ryan Reynolds joining the fold, it is about to get interesting in the soccer world.
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