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Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds watches Wrexham’s National League victory ahead of proposed takeover

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Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds has been keeping tabs on Wrexham as he hopes to take over the National League side.

The Deadpool star is hoping to make the stunning move to take over the club, in partnership with Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney.

The pair have added fuel to the speculation posting a picture of Reynolds watching Wrexham’s season opening 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood.  

Ryan Reynolds has been pictured watching Wrexham while also working at a movie studio

Ryan Reynolds has been pictured watching Wrexham while also working at a movie studio

The National League side opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood

The National League side opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood 

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Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds (left) and Rob McElhenney (right) want to invest in Wrexham

McElhenney posted the image of Reynolds at a movie studio with the caption: ‘Multi-tasking on set with Wrexham AFC. Let’s go lads.’

Reynolds is seen holding a lap-top with full attention on Wrexham and ignoring the studio’s filming screens.

It was announced last month that the pair were interested in taking over the club which is the third oldest in the world.

The American duo won approval from 98 per cent of club members to get to this stage, and a takeover could see £2million invested in the fan-owned club.

Wrexham director Spencer Harris said he had spoken to the duo on a Zoom call last night after the club was backed to hold further investment talks.

It is not yet clear why the actors want to invest in the world’s third oldest professional football club, with the club saying it was a ‘question for them in good time’. 

Reynolds also posted a picture on Instagram Live as he streamed Wrexham's match online

Reynolds also posted a picture on Instagram Live as he streamed Wrexham’s match online

Wrexham could see a potential £2million investment from the entrepreneurial actors

Wrexham could see a potential £2million investment from the entrepreneurial actors

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that there were ‘huge benefits’ to the duo being part of Wrexham AFC, adding of Reynolds: ‘If he can play centre forward, I’m sure he’d be welcome.’ 

Talks with the actors will continue after Wrexham Supporters Trust Board members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the investors at a general meeting.

Reynolds, who has varied business interests, last month replied to a 2012 tweet that said: ‘You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham.’

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Reynolds, who has varied business interests, last night replied to a 2012 tweet that said: 'You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham.' The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5million Twitter followers: 'Yep, you never know.'

Reynolds, who has varied business interests, last night replied to a 2012 tweet that said: ‘You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham.’ The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5million Twitter followers: ‘Yep, you never know.’

 The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5million Twitter followers: ‘Yep, you never know’ and added ‘I’ve waited 8 years to respond to this tweet’.

Wrexham are the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest football club in the world having been founded in 1864.

They fell out of the football league in 2008 and have remained a non-league club since then and became fan-owned in 2011. 

The National League – the division in which Wrexham play, one league below the Football League – has yet to start its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

From Russell Crowe to Elton John, how Ryan Reynolds is in line to join ranks of celebrity sporting owners

Wrexham have confirmed that Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney want to invest in the National League club.

The actors would not be the first celebrity owners of a sports team. Here is a look at some other examples:

David Beckham – Inter Miami CF

Beckham’s move to Major League Soccer in 2007 was a landmark moment in the history of the league. As a part of his transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, there was an agreement that allowed the former England captain to own an MLS team for a discounted fee. He exercised that option in 2014 and the team played its first match this year.

Class of ’92 – Salford

Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville bought the club in 2014 with it in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Salford became full-time in 2017 and now play in League Two following four promotions. Beckham joined his old team-mates in becoming a shareholder in 2019.

Shah Rukh Khan – Kolkata Knight Riders

The Bollywood star bought the team at the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2007. The franchise has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners – film producer and entrepreneur Juhi Chawla is also an owner – and won the IPL in 2012 and 2014.

Russell Crowe – South Sydney Rabbitohs

Raised in Sydney, the film star bought the Rabbitohs along with businessman Peter Holmes a Court in 2006. Holmes a Court stood down two years later amid rumours of a rift with Crowe, who remains involved with the rugby league club.

Donald Trump – New Jersey Generals

Before he became United States president, one of Trump’s ambitions was to own a sport franchise and he coveted an NFL team. Unable to make this happen he purchased the New Jersey Generals American football team of the newly formed USFL in the early-1980s. By 1986 the league had collapsed and many blamed Trump for its demise.

Richard Branson – London Broncos

The British businessman took over as chairman of the rugby league club in 1997 with a promise to make them the best in the world. The Broncos finished second in Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final but by 2001 Branson was gone and a slow decline followed.

Elton John – Watford

The singer became club chairman in 1976. His ambition was to take Watford form the old Fourth Division to the First Division – and he succeeded. Under Graham Taylor, the Hornets finished second behind champions Liverpool during the 1982-83 season. John stepped down as chairman in 2002.

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Jamie Carragher leads backlash to £4.6bn European Premier League plans

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Jamie Carragher has led revulsion at reports Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks to set up a European Premier League.

The Anfield legend tweeted ‘Oh f*** off’ in response to the news of the latest attempts to re-shape the face of European football.

Carragher’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighted in, asking for an ‘independent regulator’ within football, later linking to a petition. 

The Manchester United legend outlined how an independent regulator for the game would work in a weekend interview with Sportsmail.  

According to Sky News, the new tournament is backed by FIFA and Wall Street giant JP Morgan, who are assembling a £4.6billion funding package.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has led the social media backlash to news that Liverpool and Manchester United are involved in plans for a European Premier League competition

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

United and Liverpool are among more than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany and Italy in negotiations about becoming founder members of a competition that could start as early as 2022.

The European Premier League would reportedly have 18 teams and involve fixtures played during the regular European season with the top-ranked sides advancing to a knockout format.

Prize money worth hundreds of millions of pounds would be on offer each year.

The news comes as a fresh bombshell after Liverpool and United were the driving force behind the radical Project Big Picture proposals that emerged last week.

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Lionel Messi's Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe's elite teams

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe’s elite teams

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Current Champions League holders Bayern Munich would likely lead German representatives

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

Arsenal and Manchester City are seen as other English candidates to include in the league

That would have seen the number of teams in the Premier League reduced from 20 to 18, the scrapping of the EFL Cup and Community Shield, and power concentrated in the hands of the so-called ‘Big Six.’

The plans were abandoned last week after a vote of Premier League clubs and condemnation by the Government. They had gained the support of the EFL because they included a £250million rescue package for cash-strapped league clubs.

The latest plans for a European league also drew criticism from fans on social media.

The Football Supporters’ Association tweeted: ‘Seriously, if you’re a club owner or football financier who thinks a global health crisis is the perfect opportunity to rip up and reshape football to suit billionaires… you have no idea how much fans detest your concept. It will not go how you think.’

The Football Supporters' Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news

The Football Supporters’ Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news 

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One fan wrote: ‘Greed must be the driver, would it be any different from the Champions League.’

Another user tweeted: ‘There’s literally no point in a European Premier League. What makes the Champions League so special is that you get multiple big teams that rarely play each other which makes every match a special occasion. Seeing them play each other twice a season takes that away.’

Another comment said: ‘A European Premier League would absolutely kill football off. Worth 6 billion with the winner getting hundreds of millions in prize money meanwhile small clubs and non league teams are struggling to stay afloat. The game is completely ruined.’

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4pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil AXED from Gunners squad, Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Aubameyang hits out at critics

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the playmaker.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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4pm Chelsea news LIVE: Mendy ‘IN SQUAD to face Sevilla’ tonight, Rudiger REJECTED by Everton, Kepa LATEST

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CHELSEA have been given a welcome boost ahead of tonight’s game with Sevilla as Edouard Mendy trained with the first team – and is reportedly in the squad.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that Everton rejected the chance to sign defender Antonio Rudiger in the transfer window.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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