Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper

News Desk | Agence France-Presse | Madrid, Spain

Jakarta   /  Sun, September 2, 2018  /  05:27 pm

Former Brazilian football player Ronaldo (left) attends a press conference in Oslo, Norway on June 8, 2018 prior to the football rematch between Norway and Brazil, 20 years after Norway suprisingly defeated Brazil in the 1998 World Cup qualifying game in Marseille. (Agence France Presse/Gorm Kallestad)

World Cup winner Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 percent of La Liga club Valladolid a regional daily reported on Saturday, citing "sources close to the operation."

El Norte de Castilla, which is based in Valladolid said Ronaldo was paying 30 million euros ($34.8 million) and would complete the deal next week.

"The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suarez, owner of more than 60 percent of the shares of the company, on Thursday evening," the newspaper wrote.

Ronaldo's press secretary, David Espinar, told AFP by email that he was not prepared to comment on the story.

The Spanish media have been reporting the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker's interest in Valladolid round the time the club won promotion back to the Spanish first division in May.

The newspaper said Ronaldo was attracted by the way the club is being run and that the takeover would not "lead to great changes in the club structure" and that Suarez, who has run the club for 17 years, would continue as president and Sergio Gonzalez would remain head coach.

"Ronaldo does not want to be the visible head and prefers to stay in the background," the newspaper wrote.

The report said the two sides had tried to negotiate as discretely as possible to avoid having an impact on the club's dealings in the summer transfer window, which closed on Friday.

Ronaldo, who is 41, was the tournament's top scorer as Brazil won the  World Cup in 2002 and was also part of the winning squad in 1994. His long list of individual honors includes winning the FIFA player of the year three times and the Ballon D'Or twice. "Il Fenomeno" retired in 2011.