Antonio Banderas set to become latest Hollywood A-lister to buy football club with Malaga takeover
HOLLYWOOD legend Antonio Banderas is poised to follow Ryan Reyonlds and Rob McElhenney by buying a stake in a football club.
Movie stars Reynolds and McElhenney have just become joint-owners of National League side Wrexham.
Now award-winning actor and director Banderas hopes to create a similar feel-good story for ailing hometown club, Malaga.
The 60-year-old has starred in a host of films including The Mask of Zorro and Evita – as well lending his voice to Puss in Boots, in the Shrek franchise.
Banderas will now hope to bring the same fighting spirit to struggling Malaga – currently in the Segunda Division having been relegated following a disastrous 2017-18 season.
The actor was a promising footballer as a youngster, but quit after breaking his foot aged 14 – and is a lifelong Malaga fan.
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The south coast club has slumped to mid-table in Spain's second tier after losing its LaLiga status over two years ago.
Banderas has returned to his birthplace to run its Soho Theatre.
He said: "My involvement in Malaga will depend on who the new investors are, and what they want – nothing more and nothing less.
"What Malaga needs is someone to grab the bull by the horns, and take the club forward.
"Given their current circumstances they are doing very well.
"The lads wearing the shirt are doing a great job.
"But they have take the club as far as they can.
"What more can you do at a club with such huge problems?"
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