Russell Wilson is a man on a mission. After becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, the star is setting his sights on soccer now.
Earlier this week, Wilson, along with his wife, Grammy-winning artist Ciara, joined the ownership of the Seattle Sounders. The Washington-based football club has undergone some restructuring, and the Wilsons will now be a part of that.
Russell has done quite a lot in his bid to get into sports ownership. He was a part of the group dedicated to bringing a basketball team to Seattle. In addition to that, he is an investor in the Portland Diamond Project, which is hoping to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
However, this ownership deal is a watershed moment. The Sounders are one of the most popular football teams in the United States, and they won the MLS cup in 2016. They currently hold the second position in the Western Conference, and new management will be a major boost.
Along with Russell Wilson and Ciara, other owners of the club include Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Other top officials from Microsoft are also part of the ownership family. In addition, current majority owner Adrian Hanauer will be increasing his ownership stake.
However, Hollywood producer Joe Roth will be leaving the sports franchise. Roth helped to bring Major League Soccer to Seattle in the first place, and he will be missed.
In a team release, Russell said, “Seattle means so much to me and Ciara. We’re fired up about being part of the Sounders for a long, long time, having ownership in the Sounders and continuing to build that winning culture.”
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