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Will Ferrell reportedly buys stake in Leeds United after ‘falling in love with football’

Will Ferrell has bought a large stake in Leeds United after “falling in love with English football”, according to reports.

The actor, who once played a football coach in the 2005 film Kicking and Screaming, is said to have invested as the Yorkshire side push for promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds finished third in the Championship and will now enter the play-offs to try and return to the top flight with the support of Ferrell, who is said to be a big fan.

The Whites are currently owned by 49ers Enterprises, a worldwide business arm of the American football team The San Francisco 49ers.

“It’s true – Will Ferrell owns a share in Leeds,” a source told The Sun on Sunday.

“The 49ers will announce their involvement in the coming days and look forward to sprinkling some stardust on the club.

“He loves football and was particularly impressed by the passion of the English game.

“And his goal now is to see Leeds back where they belong – in the Premier League. As far as Will and the 49ers are concerned, this is a serious investment opportunity.”

The Sun did not say how much Ferrell invested or what percentage he may now own.

Ferrell was previously spotted watching Manchester City play Aston Villa at the Etihad and joined Ryan Reynolds to watch Wrexham.

Will Ferrell posed with then Chelsea player John Terry in 2009 ((GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images))Will Ferrell posed with then Chelsea player John Terry in 2009 ((GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images))

Will Ferrell posed with then Chelsea player John Terry in 2009 ((GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images))

The fact that fellow actors Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s investment in the Welsh club preceded their rapid rise from Non League to League One may have appealed to Ferrell.

The actor did not confirm the investment on his social media and could not be reached by the reporter for comment.

Leeds United and 49ers Entertainment have also not commented on the Sun’s story.

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