LeBron James is set to enter his 21st NBA season. He is coming off a historic season that outscored his career averages. However, in the off-season, he has plenty of time. He is indulging in several other things than just on-court action. Whether rehabilitating his foot injury, handing a well-structured speech at ESPY Awards, changing back his jersey number or supporting Messi in his first Inter-Miami game, he is going with the flow. James’ relationship with football is not new. Despite his tight schedule, he has always taken advantage of his global reach to support the sport.
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His connection with football is not just personal but professional as well. In 2011, LBJ bought 2% ownership in Liverpool for $6.5 million. By 2021, he converted his profitable stake in Liverpool to a 1% ownership share in the Fenway Sports Group. At the time, the soccer team’s value was approximately $4.1 billion, making James’ stake worth around $82 million.
LeBron James names his favorite Football players
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During pandemic, when all major sporting events were stopped, almost everyone was in isolation. King James was seen interacting with his fans in one of his IG Lives. Answering one of the fans who asked him about his favorite football players, James initially checked off everyone on the Liverpool team. With that, he said, “Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are legends, I love those guys.” He also gave high regards to Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic later in the video.
The video is from 2020 and has recently surfaced amidst Miami’s acquisition of Lionel Messi.