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The richest man in Africa goes for Arsenal

first_imgDangote himself already made this intention public in 2018 and has even made movements to test the terrain over the years. The Nigerian has acknowledged having held meetings with several groups of Arsenal fans who ask for patience and maintain confidence in his project, which in England do not specify more details. Dangote is also an Arsenal fan and does not hide his desire to be the new gunner owner. “The Emirates is a place that has always been special for me and my family. I am excited about the possibility of getting there and being able to stay for a long time, “he said.Today, Arsenal is owned by the American Stanley Kroenke, a real estate investor and one of the most important men in sport internationally since he owns several clubs through his company Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. In addition to Arsenal, this company also has several North American sports franchises among its assets: The Los Angeles Rams (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Colorado Rapids (MLS).The management of Kroenke is raising strong criticism from the Arsenal fans, which has already organized several protests against him. The gunners projected the motto “We care, and you?” Giant size on the facade of a building near the Emirates earlier this month and complaints are more seeing the performance of the team. The North London fans question the investment of the Missouri that promised great conquests that now seem quite distant.If Dangote wants to replace Kroenke at the head of Arsenal, he will have to make a strong investment. According to the latest estimate made by Forbes in May 2019, Arsenal is valued at just over 2 billion euros (€ 2,066,105,777). Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa. The 62-year-old Nigerian created the Dangote group in 1977 and has managed to build one of the most powerful companies in the continent dedicated to processing food (salt, sugar and flour), manufacturing cement and transporting goods with an extended business throughout and Africa’s width. Now, The construction of its oil refinery in Lekki, which will be one of the largest in the world (2,500 hectares), focuses all its efforts but the Nigerian has made public its intention to acquire the Arsenal in the short term. The Nigerian, the 66th largest fortune worldwide according to Forbes, has said he will try to buy the club in 2021. “It is a team that I would like to buy someday but today we have projects worth 20 billion dollars and I am focused on it. Once I finished with this we could do it. Maybe in 2021. I don’t want to buy Arsenal now, I will do it when I finish with all these projects that will take my company to the next level, “said Lagos in Bloomberg.last_img read more