Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed that he is considering buying a Major League Soccer franchise before opting to acquire Spanish club Real Valladolid.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star bought 51% of Real Valladolid in 2018 for 30 million euros and became the club’s president.
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Ronaldo was previously a minority owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a team in the North American Football League, but closed in 2016, two years after he bought it.
Ronaldo said: “I went to New York and had a meeting with the president of MLS and he presented his ideas ‘You can win whatever you want, but if you don’t have 70 million euros to get the franchise, you won’t go anywhere.'” This made me reject this project.
Then she went to London to study Sports Management and Sports Marketing.
Ronaldo said he continued his search for a club after the 2018 World Cup.
“I searched a lot, in [English] Championship but everything was expensive. The English Premier League has been a complete success all over the world as well as the tournament. But you should have had £60m, so I looked in Portugal and Spain, where the prices were very affordable.”
However, it seems that Ronaldo will not find a club to buy him. However, an opportunity arose that he did not want to miss.
“When I didn’t think about it anymore, I heard there was an opportunity in Valladolid. I negotiated for a week and ended up paying €30m.”
Ronaldo won the World Cup twice with Brazil, and played six seasons in La Liga – one for Barcelona in 1996-97 and five with Real Madrid, beginning in 2002-03.
Valladolid defended their La Liga position for two consecutive seasons after Ronaldo seized the helm before relegating to the second division in the 2020-21 season after finishing second from the bottom of the standings.