Ghana’s Thomas Partey has joined the ownership of Spanish side, Alcobendas Sport.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder purchased stakes in the 3rd division outfit together with three of his associates. All four co-owners have equal shares.
The deal was announced by Spanish media outlets – Mundo Deportivo and ABC – on Tuesday after Partey was seen at the club’s grounds last Sunday.
Partey, who is following the steps of compatriots Abedi Pele, Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, Godwin Attram in owning teams (though back in Ghana) and giving back to the game, is modest about the ambitions of the club.
“We are very modest here and we will take things slowly. We have our feet firmly on the ground at the moment,” he told ABC.
Alcobendas, founded in 1995, has a Madrid-based 3,000-capacity Luis Aragones Stadium as home grounds.
Jose Jimenez, a son of one of the other shareholders of the team, told Mundo Deportivo in an interview that Partey was very open to the idea of being part of the club’s project when the opportunity came.
“Well, we were offered us this possibility and we found it an interesting project and we decided to go for it.
“I am Thomas’ representative as well as his friend and so, when the chance presented itself, we asked him if he wanted to participate. He was very welcoming of the idea.”
“He is a person with a tremendous heart. So from now on we will suffer together from the box every Sunday, now not only with those of Atleti now we also have those of Alcobendas Sport,” Jimenez added.