Update: Trump has since put the rumor to bed saying he “never even heard of the team” and has “no interest” in buying it. So that saddly ends our Trump coverage.
A phony story that I am trying to buy a soccer team in Argentina is untrue. Never even heard of the team—no interest! http://t.co/YCQAQBarfj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) agosto 28, 2015
YES: the day I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
What could make me so excited, you wonder? Let me tell you. This is the day I get to talk to you about Donald Trump. Best day ever, right? let’s get to it.
What triggered the news? Did he call Argentines a bunch of beef-eating boludos? Did he announce that if elected president, he would buy Patagonia to turn it into the 51st US state (and possibly name it after himself?) The possibilities are endless: we’re talking about Donald, here.
No, he didn’t make any Trump-like statements, to our disappointment. However, the rumor that put the GOP candidate in every national outlet is still as far-fetched as the idea of him shaking Univision star reporter Jorge Ramos’ hand, because today, The New York Post announced the real estate mogul wants to purchase Boedo’s own San Lorenzo soccer team.
Yes, what indeed. According to the sensationalist outlet, a source close to the candidate said Trump and business partner Alessandro Proto set their eyes on one of the country’s largest clubs and member of the selected “Cinco Grandes” circle.
After a failed attempt to buy Colombia’s Atlético Nacional for US$ 100 million, the picturesque duo (let’s recall Proto is said to be the inspiration behind Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Christian Grey – Trump’s perfect sidekick or what?) “sent a statement of interest” to San Lorenzo, in what the Post says could be a move to capture Catholic votes due to the Pope’s known love for the team.
“San Lorenzo’s players played with their No. 1 Pope Francis’ photo on their shirts during an Argentine league match against Colón de Santa Fe on March 16, 2013, a connection that raises the question of what owning the pope’s team would be worth to Trump in political capital,” the Post article reads, and also quotes an anonymous spokesperson for the club who said the operation “would be a great goal” for Trump, but warned “it is only the first phase,” since no official bid has been made (and quite possibly never will be made, if you ask me).
Nonetheless, and to our eternal chagrin, San Lorenzo’s president Matías Lammens was quick to dismiss the whole thing on Twitter before it got big enough.
San Lorenzo vice president and king of prime time television Marcelo Tinelli denied in a harsher way any chance of the Republican candidate getting a hold of “El Ciclon,” currently leading the Argentine championship.
It looks like Trump won’t be coming to Argentina any time soon, but on the upside, I’m forever grateful to the Post for letting The Bubble tackle Trump-related news. It was fun while it lasted.