Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney have officially completed their takeover of Welsh minor league soccer club Wrexham.
The pair have taken 100 per cent control of the National League club – who play in the – the fifth tier of the English football league system – from the Wrexham Supporters Trust.
Reynolds and Elhenney have made a Stg 2million ($A3.6m) investment in the club under the terms of the deal.
In a statement issued by the WST, the new owners say funds will be made available immediately and “first-team player identification will be a priority”.
Further money will be spent to enhance the women’s football program, community initiatives and the Racecourse Ground while the new owner’s mission statement includes to “Always beat Chester”.
A statement from Reynolds and McElhenney read: “It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC.
“Together with the players, the staff, the fans and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.
“Wrexham AFC is only in a position to thrive because of the incredible efforts of the Wrexham Supporters Trust. Their members are a fitting reflection of the integrity and spirit of the town and they will always have an important role at the club.”
Wrexham have been fan-owned since the WST took charge of the club in 2011.
The trust had not been seeking to sell but its members voted overwhelming in favour when details of the interest of Reynolds and McElhenney was confirmed.
Reflecting on the completion of the deal, Deadpool star Reynolds changed his name on Twitter to Wryan and McElhenney renamed himself as Wrob.
McElhenney tweeted: “The @Wrexham_AFC handover is complete! We’re toasting with a limited-edition bottle of @AviationGin and I am rebranding as Wrob. Both of which I am apparently legally obligated to do as I’ve been informed Ryan now owns my life rights. My lawyer is currently looking into it.”
Reynolds did not miss an opportunity to respond to his fellow club owner.
“There are no small bottles, Wrob. Only small owners…. with small bottles. p.s. We have the same lawyer,” he tweeted.