Five footballers who bought stakes in clubs as John Terry looks to become part-owner of Chelsea
JOHN TERRY has reportedly joined a consortium's bid to take over Chelsea as he eyes a 10 per cent ownership of the club.
Terry has backed the True Blues Consortium's bold plans to levy funds to buy a stake in Chelsea through a community scheme.
Fans would be able to buy into the set-up from as little as £100, with the True Blues Consortium aiming to work with the club's eventual new owners on buying a minority share in the club.
Terry's proposed part-ownership of Chelsea has led SunSport to look at five other footballers who have bought shares in various clubs.
David Beckham is one of the most famous cases of footballers owning clubs.
The former Manchester United man set up his own team after finishing his playing career – turning his attention towards the establishment of Inter Miami in the MLS.
He has used his global fame and money to start the American side, although they currently sit bottom of the MLS without a win from their opening four games.
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Legendary Brazil striker Ronaldo purchased a 51 per cent stake in Spanish side Real Valladolid in 2018.
He bought a controlling share of the side, but they were relegated to the second tier last season.
Ronaldo also owns a minority stake in NASL club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Hector Bellerin's journey to becoming a shareholder in League Two side Forest Green Rovers started when he turned vegan in 2017.
He then became the second-largest shareholder at the fourth tier outfit in September 2020.
And he subsequently came out and praised the club's attitude towards veganism and environmentalism – a major reason for his decision to put money into the team.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic purchased 23.5 per cent of Swedish side Hammarby IF in 2019.
However, the legendary forward received a huge backlash from his former club Malmo.
Fans of the fellow Swedish side were so annoyed by his decision to buy shares in Hammarby that they decided to rip down Ibrahimovic's statue from outside their stadium.
AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has a 50 per cent stake in Miami FC.
He linked up with businessman Riccardo Silva to start the club and has now been involved for six years.
Maldini's former team-mate Alessandro Nesta was named the team's first ever coach and stayed their until 2017.
They then went on to win America's East Championship in 2019.
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