American hip-hop star Rihanna is set to take her newly found passion for the round-leather game to a stupendous level with reports suggesting the 26-year-old beauty queen is set to launch a football academy in her native Saint Michael, Barbados.
The New York City based music artiste had once stated that she was a fan of Liverpool, although it’s now been reported that she’s currently receiving advice from her pal, Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba.
“At first we thought Rihanna’s desire to be involved with soccer on a business
level would soon blow over. We figured she was still on a high from the World Cup,” a close source said.
“But now it’s becoming clear she really is serious. She’s talking about setting up a football academy in her native Barbados. Then her big dream is to be involved with a UK club.”
The pop princess enjoyed last month’s World Cup in Brazil so much she has set her sights on owing an academy in her town and also spread her tentacles into ownership by buying into an English club thereafter.
During the tourney, Rihanna made quite a name for herself with her irreverent style of football commentary on Twitter. She also met with Brazil football legend Pele.
Towards the end of the tournament, the singer made the long trek down to the South American nation so she could take in some of the action live.
Rihanna tweeted her elation when her
favourites Germany beat Argentina in the final, going on to become champions of the prestigious tournament.
She then shared several images of herself posing with players from the victorious team and holding the coveted World Cup, including the tournament’s all-time highest goalscorer Miroslav Klose.
However, with her estimated financial net worth pegged at $90million USD, establishing an academy to groom talents or even having a team of her own wouldn’t be a nebulous fantasy.