Manchester United left many baffled by their insistence they have a whopping 1.1 billion fans worldwide.
Such a jaw-dropping claim seems to have been slipped into the announcement that the Glazers are looking to potentially sell the club, much to the delight of the supporters. For several years fans have been protesting the ownership of the Americans, who are looking to employ the Raine Group to facilitate a potential sale.
That is the same company which took care of the Chelsea sale over the summer to Todd Boehly and the Clearlake Capital consortium for £4.25bn. And there is a feeling the Glazers can land more than double that, with figures being quoted as high as £9bn.
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A press release from the club read: "Executive co-chairmen and directors, Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer said “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. As we seek to continue building on the club’s history of success, the board has authorised a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives."
However, where the Glazers plucked that 1.1bn number remains to be seen – that would mean more than one in eight people in the entire world are United fans. And social media users have been left equally bemused by the outrageous claim.
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One user tweeted: "That claim belongs on the side of a bus." Another wrote: "No idea where that 1.1 billion figure comes from. Waaaaaaaay over exaggerated figure in my opinion."
While another theorised: "Maybe that includes Cristiano’s 500M Instagram followers." And a fourth joked: "Leeds would have taken more."
However, the news that United are selling will make the club's fans very happy – all 1.1bn of them – after a series of high-profile protests that have raged on over the years. Demonstrations have ramped up recently, though, especially in light of the failed European Super League that the Glazers tried to champion.
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