A wealthy businessman chipping millions into a club is nothing new in modern football.
However, one Norwegian fan isn’t another one of those oil tycoons or mining magnates – no, Odd Grenland fan Yngvar Borgesen is now a millionaire after getting lucky on the Eurojackpot lottery.
After bagging a handsome £11.5 million, Borgesen has donated £280,000 of his winnings to the Skien side in a bid to retain the services of talented defender Fredrik Semb Berge, according to The Metro.
Initially uncertain of how to spread his joy the rest of the community, Brogesen told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang: “I sat and thought about what I could do locally, and the answer was Odd. They have a good profile and mean a lot for the local community.”
The six-figure sum is mere pocket change compared to the fortunes thrown around by the cream of European football, but this act of remarkable generosity will have lasting benefits for the club, the player and the fan himself.
23-year-old Semb Berge also told Vederns Gang: “It means that Odd can get more money for me and that they don’t have to sell me at any price.”
In a statement released by Odd Grenland, if the club elects to sell once bigger sides come calling for the Norway international; Borgesen will receive 25 per cent of his transfer fee – a just reward for his extraordinary gesture.
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