Giannis Antetokounmpo has bought a minority stake in MLS side Nashville SC along with brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex and professional NHL player with Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg. Majority shareholder of the MLS team John Ingram said: "Soccer is a global sport and our new owners once again reinforce our club's commitment to being a global team.
Filip and Giannis aren't just amazing athletes, they are ambassadors for their respective sport, role models for millions and supporters in their hometowns and around the world. We share a common belief that our teams not only play to the highest standards, but also care about their communities and help those who need it most."
Giannis Antetokounmpo buys stake in Nashville SC
Giannis told: "My father was a professional soccer player, and it was the first sport I fell in love with in Greece.
I always had the dream of owning a soccer team. When my brothers and I met Nashville SC, we knew which was a team and a city we wanted to get involved with. I couldn't be more excited to be joining Boys in Gold and can't wait to come to a game at GEODIS Park soon!" Thanasis, brother of Giannis, added: "I know he will be so proud of us for what's happening today.
It's not just an investment. There's also a legacy, for us and for generations to come." The Antetokounmpo brothers thus continue the trend of recent years in which several professional athletes have bought minority shares of MLS teams.
In the NBA there are the examples of Kevin Durant, who bought 5% of the Philadelphia Union in 2020, and even before James Harden who bought 5% of the Houston Dynamo in 2019. Below is the official Tweet announcing the purchase of a share of the MLS team by Giannis and his brothers:
Giannis is regarded as one of the best power forwards ever, one of the best basketball players of his generation and one of the most dominant players in the league.
In 2021 he won the NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks and was unanimously named Finals MVP. He was also elected MVP of the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons and of the All-Star Game in 2021, as well as defensive player of the year in the 2019-2020 season.