LeBron James has won his first championship of the season — well, sort of.
On Thursday, Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1, thanks in no small part to the contributions made by Captain American himself, Christian Pulisic. With Chelsea’s win, Manchester City was eliminated from championship contention and Liverpool, with an outstanding 28-2-1 record, clinched their first Premier League title in 30 years.
Now, some of you may be wondering: what does this have to do with LeBron James, a basketball player from the United States? Is he playing for The Reds as a way to stay in shape until the NBA season returns on July 30? Unfortunately, no.
James was given a 2% stake in Liverpool in 2011 through a partnership with his marketing firm, LRMR, and Fenway Sports Partners, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. Since then, his investment has multiplied, but so has his fandom.
Last year, when Liverpool played Tottenham in the Champions League final, James live-tweeted the game and celebrated with the team when they beat the Spurs 2-0. While James’ didn’t live-tweet the Chelsea-City game on Thursday, he made sure to send a tweet to congratulate his team:
With a Premier League title and a Champions League title, James now has five championships to his name. If he wins another championship with the Los Angeles Lakers this year, he’ll have as many rings as Michael Jordan.
That’s how all of this works, right?