Seven-time Method One world champion Lewis Hamilton mentioned Friday that being a part of a consortium bidding to take over English Premier League membership Chelsea was too nice a possibility to move by.
Hamilton, together with American tennis star Serena Williams, may every make investments as much as £10 million, based on Sky Information, as a part of a consortium led by former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton.
“Chelsea is among the greatest golf equipment on the earth and most profitable,” mentioned Hamilton, who professed a life-long love of soccer, “the most important sport on the earth”.
“Once I heard about this chance, I used to be like wow, that is this is among the best alternatives to be part of one thing so nice.”
Hamilton, talking forward of Sunday’s Imola Grand Prix, added that from the age of 5 or 6 he had been a supporter of Chelsea’s bitter metropolis rivals Arsenal.
“However my Uncle Terry is an enormous Blues fan so I’ve been to so many video games with him to look at Arsenal and Chelsea play,” he mentioned.
Hamilton mentioned he had been contacted by Broughton after the introduced sale of the European champions by Russian proprietor Roman Abramovich.
“Martin took time to talk to me on the cellphone and defined his and his workforce’s targets in the event that they have been to win the bid, which was extremely thrilling, and it was very a lot aligned with my values,” mentioned Hamilton.
Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea up on the market on March 2 after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and was subsequently focused by UK sanctions.
Chelsea have been granted a particular authorities licence to proceed working, although below strict phrases.
Abramovich can not revenue from Chelsea’s sale, however had already vowed to write down off the membership’s £1.5 billion ($2 billion) debt.
Other than Broughton’s candidacy, which additionally has World Athletics president Sebastian Coe — an avid Chelsea fan — on board, two different bids have been registered, headed up by Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball workforce, and Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics basketball workforce.