Ryan Reynolds wows Rio Ferdinand as he reveals true colours in talks with Wrexham players

-Credit: (Image: FIVE)
-Credit: (Image: FIVE)

Ryan Reynolds gave an impressive explanation after being asked about how he recruits players by Rio Ferdinand.

The Wrexham co-owner is going into his fourth full season at the helm in north Wales, having completed the purchase of the club in February 2021.

The club have since been promoted back to the English football league and will compete in the EFL League One from next season, with the final goal being Premier League football.

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Reynolds and fellow Hollywood royalty Hugh Jackman are currently on tour around the world promoting the new Deadpool and Wolverine film, set to be released later this month.

As part of that tour, the pair were interviewed by Manchester United icon Ferdinand on his 'FIVE' podcast's 'Legends Lounge' episode.

Ferdinand asked Reynolds how he would pitch to a fictional player to come to Wrexham. "I know it sounds ridiculous," explained Reynolds. "But it's all just leading with honesty. I talk with every single potential signing that we have. In fact, just today I talked to George Dobson who just signed.

"You just want them to feel like you have their back and that you are setting them up to win. I am not going to make football decisions. I am going to make storytelling decisions about this club and its history and its future. Backing them in terms of whatever it is they want to do outside of football because that is just as important.

"Like - 'What is your plan for your family? Do you have a brand?' - and these are things that are increasingly important in 2024."

Ferdinand interjected by saying: "That is so different to the ecosystem of football that I grew up in and that is there now. So you guys are coming at a different angle and you guys are going to get players that other people can't get. You're adding layers like that onto it, where you're helping players."

Reynolds continued: "I think it's important. You have to also think - 'What else can I do?' - I have a family.

Ferdinand added: "But with football, the ecosystem frowned upon that. 'You're here to play football, do not think about anything else.' So you are chipping away at a history, it didn't embrace that. So I am all for that, I love that."

Reynolds comically quipped: "Isn't that sort of like telling an 18-year-old - 'Don't think about losing your virginity'".