Rory McIlroy has always been a passionate fan of sports in general, not just golf. His love for sports could be felt from the first day of his career. Little known to golf fans is that Rory McIlroy is a big fan of the English football club, Manchester United.
What Rory probably did not expect was that he would have the opportunity to invest money in this club. Given that the famous businessman Jim Ratcliffe wants to purchase a 25 percent stake in United, and is close to an agreement, Rory wants to use the opportunity and also invest a small part of money in this club.
"Sports team ownership used to be limited to private equity, and people who had a ton of money. But now sports stars are becoming more savvy and using their money in the right way. I would love to be able to own a tiny percentage of the club I grew up cheering on as a boy.
I would have loved to have taken 0.00001 per cent of Manchester United when Jim Ratcliffe took 25 per cent. And if another opportunity comes my way I will look at it. But it is not something that has come across our table as of yet.
"- Rory said, as quoted per skysports.com
Rory McIlroy on athletes who invest money in clubs
Rory McIlroy is not the only golfer who plans to put money into the club. This has already been done by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
Rory wants to take advantage of the opportunity that has come his way. The fact that he is a United fan is an additional reason for him to do the same. The Northern Irishman has special respect for Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is also a passionate fan of this club.
"There is Tom Brady at Birmingham and there are a few golfers - Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas - who invested with the 49ers Group, and they own a tiny slice of Leeds. They asked me if I wanted to come on board, and I said as a Man United fan I cannot go anywhere near that!
Sir Jim has got a great track record and everybody that does support United should be excited by the possibilities if they give him full sporting authority and decisions for the club. As a fan I am excited."- Rory concluded.