Football clubs that are owned by popular football stars

  1. Pheonix Rising – Didier Drogba:

Pheonix Rising is placed in the second tier of American football after it was founded in 2014. In 2017, Didier Drogba joined Pheonix Rising and also purchased an ownership stake in the club becoming the first ever player-owner in the history of football.  Drogba shares his ownership with baseball superstar Brandon McCarthy, DJ Diplo and Pete Wentz.


  1. Salford City – Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary & Phil Neville:

The Class of 92 is a famous gang of players who had an amazing football career as players. The gang of Giggs, Scholes, Butt and the Nevilles decided to take over Salford City when they were in the seventh tier of football in England. 50% of the ownership was sold to Singapore based billionaire Peter Lim and the rest of it was split equally between the five players from the Class of 92.


  1. Miami FC – Paolo Maldini:

The legendary AC Milan player was a delight to watch on the pitch and post retirement, Maldini has invested his time and money in management. He is working as sporting strategy and development director for Milan and also owns the American second division club named Miami FC. He has 50% stake in Miami FC and has brought in a lot of Italian flavor to it ever since he has bought the stake.


  1. San Diego – Eden Hazard, Demba Ba, Moussa Sow and Yohan Cabaye:

San Diego too is based in the USA and it was established in 2017 by stars like Demba Ba, Moussa Sow, Yohan Cabaye and Eden Hazard. It was unlucky that the NASL got cancelled and therefore San Diego planned to join the Division III league, National Independent Soccer Association. It is a very big deal for the players who have invested in the club and they have big plans for the club.


  1. Ronaldo Nazario – Real Valladolid:

It was only recently that Real Valldolid earned a promotion to the La liga after four long years and it only got better for the Spanish club when the Brazilian legend Ronaldo bought 50% stake in the club. It is a big boost for Real Valladolid and it surely helps them get a lot more recognition than before.


  1. David Beckham – Inter Miami CF:

Beckham had invested $25m in an MLS expansion team in 2014 which was meant to start playing in 2016, then 2017 and eventually it got postponed to 2020. The team name is kept as Internacional de Futbol Miami but is well known as Inter Miami. The club is already linked to attract some big players in the near future and it looks like a great prospect.