A fake Manchester United fan token has pumped over 3,000% after Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, stated that he was going to buy the English Premier League club, a revelation he later said was a joke.
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To clarify, MUFC is not an official Manchester United crypto token. It came to life in August 2021 after a team of programmers, who are said to be hardcore Manchester United fans, falsely claimed that holding MUFC would give buye influence on the football club’s decisions.
The team later conducted an “airdrop” round of 10,000,000,000 MUFC in November 2021, promising to provide 10,000 MUFC to users who followed its official social media handles. The prospects of getting free MUFC tokens helped its price rally to as high as $1.
But the project turned out to be vaporware, eventually leading MUFC down by 100% after November. It was deemed extinct until a tweet from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Aug. 17 revived it from oblivion.
The Tesla CEO tweeted that he would buy the Manchester United football club, which he later admitted was a “long-running joke.”
Nonetheless, the message sent the financial assets related to Manchester United soaring, including its stock MANU, which rose 1.97% in pre-market trading, and Tezos (XTZ), the club’s official blockchain and training partner, whose market valuation surged by $138.85 million.
Even Manchester City’s official crypto token, CITY, popped higher by nearly 14% to reach $7 per piece after Musk’s tweet, despite Manchester City being a different football club.