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Musk clarifies tweet about buying Manchester United as a joke

By Yang Yang | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-08-17 13:45

A screenshot from Elon Musk's Twitter. [Photo/twitter.com]

Elon Musk clarified on Wednesday that his earlier tweet expressing intent to buy Manchester United is a long-running joke on Twitter and he is not buying any sports teams.

Elon Musk said he is buying Manchester United via Twitter at 8:01 am on Aug 17 and clarified the statement hours later when asked whether he was serious on Twitter.

Former Premier League giants Manchester United, owned by the American Glazer family, are now at the bottom of the table for the first time in 30 years after a second straight defeat, The Paper said on Wednesday.

Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022.[Photo/Agencies]

According to the Forbes list, Manchester United is currently worth $4.6 billion, making it the third largest football club in the world, following Real Madrid and Barcelona.

With a fortune of $270 billion, Musk remains the world's richest man, according to the Forbes Rich list.

Musk had previously made a big promise on Twitter to buy Coca-Cola, but then failed to do so.

For now, Musk is still in the midst of a $44 billion takeover bid for Twitter, which Musk has rejected and is now being sued by Twitter.

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