After establishing himself as the most popular and loved Hollywood star, Ryan Reynolds wanted to try his hands at being the owner of the Welsh Football club, Wrexham. What does Ryan know about the management of clubs, you might ask? Well, enough to buy one. Ryan Reynolds’ football club is now in 2nd position in the National League table.
The Deadpool actor surprised Hollywood, including Blake Lively, with his purchase of a fifth-tier football club. So if you are curious and filled with many whys, then you have come to the right place. This article will reveal everything behind Ryan’s purchase decision and his vision for Wrexham.
Story Behind The Takeover
The American sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia led to Ryan’s ownership of the Wrexham. The three-minute dance scene of Rob McElhenney in the sitcom impressed Reynolds, and he expressed his appreciation to Rob. This is how their friendship started, which eventually made them the co-owners of the oldest club in Wales.
One day, Rob emailed Ryan out of the blue with his plan to buy a lower-league club that could be something great in the future. For Ryan to come to the conclusion of buying Wrexham, McElhenney was the driving force. They purchased the Wrexham A.F.C. in February 2021 for $2.4 million (£2m).
With the addition of two high-profile investors, Wrexham AFC’s social media channels boomed in popularity. The loyal Wrexham fans, too, welcomed the new owners with open arms.
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Future Of Ryan Reynolds’ Football Club
The Hollywood star definitely did not put all that money into Wrexham without seeing something in the team. He believes that this club could be a Premier League team, and that’s where they are headed.
A Disney Plus documentary called Welcome to Wrexham was released last year on August 24, 2022, on FX. The series highlights Reynolds and McElhenney’s hope to improve the team and do what can be done to bring the club to its fullest potential.
According to Wrexham’s website, the Hollywood duo wants to become part of the Wrexham story rather than Wrexham becoming part of theirs. The main question on the hold is if the clout, money, and passion help the team ascend the ranks of U.K. football or not. However, it seems like the club’s new owners have good faith and resources to grow the club’s exposure.
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Breaking The News To Wife
Ryan and Blake are considered one of the most adorable power couples in Hollywood. In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Rob was guest hosting the show, the Deadpool star revealed that he upset his wife, Blake Lively, with the purchase.
Regardless of her initial reaction, now Blake seems to be supportive and even poked fun at her husband’s crippling anxiety during one of the games of Wrexham against Sheffield, who are 3 leagues higher. Ryan Reynolds’ football club finished 3-3 in the said match on January 29, 2023.
Blake Lively after Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham drew 3-3 in the FA Cup…
This is what real love looks like 😅 pic.twitter.com/qVO33QJsbh
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 30, 2023
In the 2023 season, Wrexham went on a Cinderella run. Unfortunately, their loss against Sheffield at FA Cup by 3-1 ended its improbable run in one of soccer’s most famous club tournaments. After the game, both owners of the club lifted the team and fans’ spirit by tweeting about how proud they were of the team.
The Red Dragons faced their first loss since October, but there’s more learning from a loss than from victories. This will push the team to work even harder than they did before. Wrexham is now focusing on winning the National League, which will result in promotion to the EFL. With the newest owners on the side, the future of Wrexham looks brighter.