American comedy sensation Will Ferrell has a found new hobby and it’s not related to films or acting. The “Anchorman” star will co-own American Major League soccer club Los Angeles FC according to a BBC report.
The comedian becomes a part of a 26 member group that includes basketball legend Magic Johnson and former USA women’s striker Mia Hamm.
Los Angeles will have two clubs in the MLS now, with LA Galaxy being the first. Los Angeles FC who have QPR director Ruben Gnanalingam and Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan also involved, will start their MLS journey in 2018. The club is owned by Vincent Tan and American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen with Peter Guber, Tony Robbins and Nomar Garciaparra among the minority partners.
Ferrell has acted in many of the best comedies of all time, including “Anchorman”, “Talladega Nights”, “Step Brothers” and most recently in “Daddy’ Home” with Mark Wahlberg as his co-star. The move to get into football administration comes as a surprise to many, as Ferrell never really showed interest in the game up until now.
Ferrell at his wittiest best said that he took this decision to get into football thinking about it fully. He said:
“This is not a joke. I’m actually a member of this fine ownership group and it’s very exciting.”
Ferrell’s three sons play football, plus his wife was a part of the team during her stint at Pomona College. Maybe, these were a few reasons he got into football administration.
Speaking to ESPN FC, LAFC president Tom Penn said that part-owner, Larry Berg approached Ferrell and he was instantly excited about the opportunity.
Los Angeles FC launched its logo and colors on Thursday in a star studded event. All the buzz however surrounded the appearance of Will Ferrell inside Union State in downtown Los Angeles.
“I’ve never been part-owner of anything, though I’m still part-owner of an ’84 Toyota Camry with my brother,” Ferrell said.