Ryan Reynolds Wrexham AFC Has Now Outpaced the Saudi Soccer League in Terms of Spectators

Published 09/19/2023, 9:58 AM EDT

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The news of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buying Wrexham AFC caused shockwaves throughout the Welsh border. Many speculated if the move was a publicity stunt and an attempt to elevate their public persona in the United Kingdom. However, the stars proved their passion for bringing the Welsh football club back to the game. Despite having a history of over a century, Wrexham never maintained a strong performance streak on the field. 

However, things began to turn in the Red Dragons’ favor ever since the Hollywood duo stepped up to the plate. Wrexham has not only been giving tough competition to its opponents but also surpassed a star-studded league in terms of spectator base.

Ryan Reynolds Wrexham drew a larger audience than the Saudi Soccer League

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The Saudi Pro League has been investing a lot in attracting top European players to its team, including Christiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The motivation behind the club’s steps toward privatization is to appear as the most lucrative team in the world. However, despite spending so much, the team failed to garner enough revenue and attendance numbers. As per Bloomberg Law, Wrexham AFC drew in a much larger audience than the Saudi Soccer League. 

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The website also suggested that the Saudi club has not been able to attract more than 8,500 spectators per match. While the numbers suggested a positive growth, it was still less than the average of Wrexham’s Racecourse ground. Reynolds and McElhenney’s team received a whopping 40000 spectators in the English Premier League. After 15 years of exile, the Hollywood partnership brought positive results to the team, making it shine at the fifth tier of British Soccer.

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The stars recorded this entire journey in the documentary Welcome to Wrexham. The Red Dragons defender, who ditched Saudi Soccer Club for Wrexham, recently touched down on the documentary.

The Wrexham Defender on Welcome to Wrexham

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The second season of Welcome to Wrexham is currently streaming, showcasing the hurdles and challenges of taking over Wrexham AFC. The second season mainly revolves around the actors’ journey after Wrexham AFC failed to land a promotion. From showcasing the community’s anxiety to revealing the financial crunch of the team, Reynolds and McElhenney shared every aspect of their experience. Recently, the Welsh Club’s skipper expressed his views on the second installment of the documentary. 

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While talking to TalkSport, Ben Tozer revealed that the documentary will have a lot of relatable issues that went behind the scenes. The sportsperson also said how this show will make the audience relate to the club better, as they will get to know the “football side of things as well”. Tozer further went on to say that the show will unfold a lot of drama that went with the players, allowing a great and intriguing watch. 

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What do you think about Wrexham’s increasing fanbase? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Hriddhi Maitra

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Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

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