Donald Trump wants to buy a Colombian soccer team.
If someone told you last year that Donald Trump would be sitting atop national Republican polls at the beginning of August 2015, you would have doubled over laughing. And then, if that same person told you that Trump, as a result of those poll results, would stand front and center during the first Fox News Republican primary debate, you may have stopped laughing after going into shock. But that’s exactly what happened, despite a series of disparaging comments Trump made about Mexicans immigrants in the U.S. (e.g., calling them “criminals, drug dealers, rapists”) that caused plenty of ire and resulted in several high-profile companies breaking off corporate relations with the smug, bombastic real estate mogul.
Every passing day, it seems, is a new chance to unearth more ridiculous Trump news.
Last week, Colombian newspaper El Pais reported that Trump and partner Alessandro Proto have made a $100 million bid for one of Colombia’s most popular soccer teams, Medellin-based Atlético Nacional.
Ironically, one of Trump’s vocal critics after his remarks was the reigning Miss Universe, Colombia’s Paulina Vega. Vega issued a statement, posted to Instagram, denouncing Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants as “unjust and hurtful.”
Trump, in turn, hit back with this adorable tweet:
Many other Colombians registered their disgust, including Shakira:
Trump purchasing real estate in Colombia is one thing. Through a partnership, he reportedly just forked out $90 million for a hotel in Medellin. But to wrap his hands around one of Colombia’s most storied soccer teams after his absurd remarks about Latin Americans? Well, that would be an interesting thing to watch play out.
Nacional’s press officer Ramón Pinilla has denied that Nacional is up for sale, saying that the club president’s reaction upon hearing the news was the same reaction people have when thinking about Trump as the presumptive Republican candidate: Laughter.
A spokesman for the Trump-Proto bid suggested that their bid, which had been in the works for two months, is just a starting point, and that the group is prepared to improve the offer. And if Nacional isn’t ready to sell, they are prepared to consider other teams.
Imagine. Imagine a world with Donald Trump giving opinions on soccer. He is already widely credited for taking down the United States Football League (USFL). Maybe the world should think twice before giving him access to the other kind of football.