Buenos Aires: The vice president of Argentine football club San Lorenzo, whose rabid fans include Pope Francis, scoffed Friday at a report that American presidential hopeful Donald Trump wants to buy the team, saying he would rather get a bid from Donald Duck.
"Poor Donald. I`ll take the Duck any day. He`s more serious," Tweeted popular TV host and sports businessman Marcelo Tinelli, after the New York Post reported that the Republican candidate and a business partner had sent a statement of interest to San Lorenzo.
The club, one of the most popular in football-mad Argentina, is currently a non-profit organization whose managers are voted in by its members.
The pope is a life-long fan who grew up watching the team`s matches at its stadium in Buenos Aires.
Citing unnamed sources, the Post said the bid was the latest move by Trump and Italian real estate tycoon Alessandro Proto to buy a Latin American football club, after Colombian side Atletico Nacional rejected their $100-million offer.
Trump is deeply unpopular with Latino voters in the United States, a key demographic, after unleashing a tirade against Mexican immigrants when he launched his candidacy, saying: "They`re bringing drugs. They`re bringing crime. They`re rapists."
Tinelli, a variety show host, is one of Argentina`s most popular TV stars. He is also a vice president of the Argentine Football Association.