The sale of OM has been discussed for several years, but at OL the club changed hands in a few months. At an unexpected level in France.
Everything was formalized at the beginning of the week, with the arrival of John Textor, who will own more than 60% of the shares of the Rhone club, and even more after the recapitalization of OL. The American businessman peacefully seizes power as he lets Jean-Michel Aulas run the club for years to come. Even though the emblematic leader of the Rhone is of course no longer the one and only boss of OL. Nevertheless, this acquisition of OL is creating quite positive momentum around Lyon’s team at the moment. Sports economist Christophe Lepetit understands this positive appreciation around Lyon very well, and even thinks the financial operation as a whole is simply impressive. Only PSG in France could have done better.
Only PSG can do it better
Of @JohnTextor we share the same values, the same love for football, but above all a pioneering spirit in pursuit of excellence in everything we do.Thank you supporters for standing by our side as we continue to make history together OL! https://t.co/1llebEcbGp
— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) June 22, 2022
† The club is valued at almost 800 ME before the capital increase, which is very important compared to the French market. We have not reached such figures for the other clubs that have been sold in whole or in part on the French market. Excluding PSG, valued at 2.5 billion euros, I would be surprised if any other club could achieve such a valuation as OL, including OM. Lyon is the only club that has made a complete strategy, around Euro 2016, where others did not risk it, such as Nice, Bordeaux, Marseille. Besides being a more or less successful L1 football club, OL is also a company that owns a very interesting real estate, with prospects for generating income even if tomorrow’s sports season is less fruitful. “, confided the leader of the center of law and the economy of sports in Limoges, who therefore validates 100% this arrival of John Textor as boss of an OL who, with this new boss, the CVC, the Arena and the improvement of sports results, can look to the future with confidence.