February 9th 2021, American stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought Wrexham Football Club for £2 million. A strange move in the eyes of most, as Wrexham currently sit in a respectable second in the National League, hardly the full glamour of the Premier League.
The monopolisation of British and European sport by Americans has become a bigger fear for many football fans in recent years, with unsavoury relationships brewing with American ownership at clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United and a significant increase with Liverpool and now Chelsea having American owners.
There are many reasons as to why an American investor may choose to do so in English football, as it is a global game with increasing media rights and much lower valuations than NFL or NBA teams depending on the league you decide to invest in.
This could’ve been worsened by Reynolds and McElhenney’s choice of club, Wrexham being the third oldest club in the world, Wrexham being Wales’ first-ever professional football team and being founded in 1864.
However, Reynolds and McElhenney have managed to foster a great relationship with fans in their time in charge and have managed to reinvent Wrexham on an international scale.