Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote says he will consider buying another football club if Premier League side Arsenal are not willing to sell to him.
Dangote – a staunch supporter of ‘The Gunners’ – has been nursing the ambition of buying Arsenal for years. He says he’ll make a move only after he has completed one of the world’s biggest oil refineries situated in Lagos.
“By the time we’ve finished, we’ll be a $30bn company in terms of revenue.”
He continues: “We’ll have an excess amount of cash to start playing around with.
“I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he (Stan Kroenke) won’t sell, I might have to change,” says Dangote, 61 years old and worth $11.1bn. “I’m very much a fan of football. I’ll like to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”
Dangote has been a fan of Arsenal for more than 30 years.
“I have been a supporter of the team since the Eighties. My love for Arsenal dates back to when I went to watch them play with the-then largest shareholder, David Dein. I developed a likeness for the team and I have been a supporter of the team since then. So it is not overnight stuff,” Dangote states publicly in 2015.
As of 19 May 2017, the largest shareholder in Arsenal is Stan Kroenke , owner of Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE), who owns 41,721 shares (67.05%).
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