Rafael Nadal Adds to Mallorca Misery by Selling Shares in Club

December 21, 2011

Tennis world number two Rafael Nadal and his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal have added salt onto the wounds of Real Mallorca fans as they have sold their 10 percent shareholding in the Spanish football team, the club said in a statement.

German businessman Utz Claassen bought the shares to increase his stakeholding to 20 percent.

Nadal, a Real Madrid fan who lives on the Mediterranean island, had joined a consortium that invested in financially troubled Mallorca in 2010.

His uncle Miguel Angel, a former Spain and Barcelona defender, became then coach Michael Laudrup’s number two, but when the Dane resigned in September Nadal openly criticised the board’s handling of the matter.

Mallorca, now coached by Joaquin Caparros, are in financial administration, lie 14th in La Liga and trail 1-0 going into Tuesday’s King’s Cup last-32 second leg at Sporting Gijon.