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It's Revealed That Donald Trump Was Once Sued By Former Leeds United Midfielder

It's Revealed That Donald Trump Was Once Sued By Former Leeds United Midfielder
By Conor Neville Updated

Every fortnight now it seems, we learn more about Donald Trump's interaction with the world of professional football.

We know that he's previously shared in some on-screen b****r with Ian St. John and Jimmy Greaves and he once contemplated throwing his energies into making Rangers great again (a task which makes his present undertaking look very modest by comparison). Well, now, the New York Times has disclosed that Trump once made an enemy of none other than former Leeds midfielder Olivier Dacourt.

Back in the noughties, Trump launched a development called 'TrumpSoHo', intended to be a 46-storey luxury condo in Lower Manhattan.

Yet another of his unaffordable housing schemes.

France midfielder Olivier Dacourt was one of those people who was seduced by the project, not least by the bullish assertions of the maestro himself.

The project was marketed aggressively to potential investors overseas, where exchange rates were favourable and the Trump brand carried a certain cachet.

Many early buyers were from Europe, including a French former soccer star, Olivier Dacourt, who put down a deposit of $460,400 on a $2.3million unit.

Donald Trump boasted that it was a "brilliant $370 million work of art" and an "awe-inspiring masterpiece."

Sadly, the predicted sales figures didn't materialise and Dacourt and the rest of the investors sued Trump. The current President eventually agreed to a settlement where he refunded 90% of the deposits.

Being Trump, he admitted no wrongdoing. This failed investment did not form a major plank of Trump's Presidential campaign.

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A former soccer player in his university days, Trump's most celebrated intervention in the world of professional football was back in 1992, when his entire financial empire was in danger of collapse.

Saint & Greavsie were not financial animals and thus weren't aware that the Donald's star had fallen dramatically in the early 90s. They were just chuffed at being invited up to his plush tower.

There, they succeeded in getting him to draw the balls out of the hat for the quarter-finals of the Rumbelows Cup (aka, League Cup).

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On air, Ian St. John credited Jimmy Greaves for his pull in getting them an audience with Trump.

At one stage, Jim cracks one of his trademark blokey in-jokes about Doug Ellis's boardroom and how it was the only environment that compared to Trump towers in terms of plushness.

The Donald, a consummate performer in these set-pieces, laughed along with the sure-footedness of one who knew all about Doug Ellis and his chairmanship of Aston Villa.

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There was much chuckling and oohing when Donald drew out ball no. 6, representing Manchester United. They would have to travel to Elland Road. The surprise at this was slightly incomprehensible given that there was only one ball left in the bag.

And later on last year, the Daily Record reminded the world that rather than making America great again, Trump was on the verge of making Rangers great again.

Trump's mother is from Scotland and he was at that time wooing the Scottish government with a view to securing a controversial land re-zoning for his proposed golf course in Aberdeen. It occurred to Trump and his people that taking over a grand old Scottish institution like Rangers FC might endear him to the power-brokers in Scotland.

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In the end, "the financials" at Rangers were deemed too toxic and Trump got his way on the re-zoning front in any event.

Read more: "They'd Gouge, Punch, Catch You By The Stones" - Memorable Moments From Ireland-France

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