At the tender age of 22 he’s already a world-famous pop star – but now One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has another string to his gilded bow.
League One side Doncaster Rovers have announced that Tomlinson is to take over the club alongside former chairman John Ryan.
A spokesman for Ryan told Press Association Sport that the deal had been completed and would be explained in detail at a press conference in London on Thursday.
Tomlinson, one-fifth of boy band-phenomenon One Direction, is a lifelong fan of his hometown club. He played for their reserve side against Barnsley earlier this year and had been close to a takeover before, but a move was twice delayed because of negotiations over image rights.
They have now been resolved and Ryan's spokesman told the Press Association: “It's done, the takeover is complete.”
Ryan, who ended his 15-year association with Rovers in November, will be the lesser known of the two men but will doubtless be the more hands-on.
When the famous join the sporting world
When the famous join the sporting world
1/9 Elton John
The "Rocket Man" singer became chairman and director of Watford in 1976 and presided over the most successful era in the club's history as they were promoted to the old Division One and finished runners-up to Liverpool in 1983, as well as reaching the FA Cup final the following year. John subsequently sold the club but he continues to hold a significant shareholding and remains its lifelong president.
2/9 Delia Smith
Smith was a long-time fan of Norwich City who took the chance to become the club's majority shareholding shortly after the Canaries went public. Smith revelled in her newly public role and predictably oversaw a revolution of the club's catering facilities.
3/9 Will Smith
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air chose the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers to make his first foray into sports management. Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith contributed to a consortium led by multi-billionaire Joshua Harris to become part-owners of the club in October 2011.
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4/9 Russell Crowe
Australian rugby league fan Crowe took a majority stake in the financially stricken NRL side the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2006. Under Crowe's ownership, the club improved to enjoy one of the most successful eras in their history.
5/9 Marc Anthony
The singer-songwriter became a minority owner of American football team the Miami Dolphins alongside then-wife Jennifer Lopez in 2009. He presented her with a number 24 shirt - a reference to her 24 July birthday.
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6/9 Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley
The Kiss front-men bought a share of the expansion Los Angeles Kiss - rebranding them with the band's famous logo - in the Arena Football League, the highest-level indoor gridiron league in the US. A reality show, documenting the attempts of Simmons and Stanley to run the club during their first year in charge, is soon to air in the US.
7/9 Michelle Williams
Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams became a minority shareholder of WNBA’s Chicago Sky, alongside Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé’s dad), in 2007.
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8/9 Jon Bon Jovi
The "Living on a Prayer" rocker was one of the founders and majority owners of the Arena Football League team Philadelphia Soul between 2004 and 2008. The team was suspended in 2009 and revived again in 2011, but Bon Jovi declined ownership that time around.
9/9 Bill Murray
The Groundhog Day actor is part-owner of four minor-league baseball teams: St Paul Saints, Charleston RiverDogs, Hudson Valley Renegades and the Brockton Rox.
The businessman has extensive football experience and oversaw Doncaster's rise from non-league to the Championship as well as their move from Belle Vue to the Keepmoat Stadium before stepping aside in November to allow Terry Bramall and Dick Watson to take over.
The initial snag had related to Tomlinson's image rights, which are owned by his management team and would entitle them to a share of any money generated from the use of his image or name.
They believe that interest in the club will increase as a result of Tomlinson's ownership and it is understood they battled for a share of any extra revenue made through merchandise and extra ticket sales.
Tomlinson signed on as a player at the start of the season in a move to make money for the Bluebell Wood charity and turned out in front of nearly 10,000 fans for the reserve team in February.
By a strange quirk, Ryan has also played for Doncaster, with the then 52-year-old having brought himself on as a substitute in a 4-2 win against Hereford which came after his club had sealed promotion from the Conference in 2003.
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