“Got As Many Followers As Manchester United” – With 300% Increase in Value, Wrexham Superstars Believe Ryan Reynolds Is Bringing Attention on Par With Premier League

Published 05/23/2023, 5:26 AM EDT

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When it comes to the influence of Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on Welsh soccer club Wrexham AFC, the impact is impossible to ignore. In 2020, the two actors acquired the fifth-division club and since then, Wrexham has been unstoppable. This year, the team won the National League and earned a promotion to the fourth division.

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The influence of the Hollywood duo has not only put Wrexham in the public spotlight but also earned them a lot of attention from around the world. Two of Wrexham’s star players recently discussed the attention the duo has brought the club.

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Ben Foster and Ollie Palmer, Wrexham AFC players, recently discussed the influence of the Hollywood owners on the Ben Foster podcast. Foster noted the team’s increased recognition after their promotion, due to McElhenney and Reynolds appearing on chat shows.

Foster shared how big of a coverage it really is saying, “This is like the kind of news coverage a Premier League team gets”. Palmer seconded his opinion with an example of a PL team. “This more than what you’re probably getting at Watford,” he said. The National League-winning duo also brought up a comparison to Premier League giants Manchester United.

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Still, the duo believed that the attention United gets is way different. However, Palmer added an interesting point of view when he said, “But say that Ryan’s probably got as many followers as Man United by himself”. To that, Foster agreed fully.

It’s clear that the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney takeover of Wrexham AFC has brought a lot of attention to the Welsh club. Reynolds and McElhenney have already been very instrumental in helping the team promote itself. Not only that, their influence has also increased the club’s value by 300%.

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Wrexham AFC’s rise to prominence is nothing short of remarkable. In 2011, the Welsh club was on the brink of extinction and stuck in the fifth division of the English soccer pyramid. But Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s 2020 takeover changed things drastically and provided a much-needed boost for Wrexham.

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With an initial investment worth $2.5 million, they brought newfound success. Following this season ticket sales rose, high-profile sponsorships from companies like TikTok and Expedia followed suit, and their celebrity status added even more appeal to the team’s already strong reputation. Now according to GOAL, the club is now valued at more than 300% of its original cost. Truly incredible!

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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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