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Brazilian Legend Ronaldo 'Close To £26 Million Takeover' Of Spanish Club

Brazilian Legend Ronaldo 'Close To £26 Million Takeover' Of Spanish Club

Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario is reportedly closing in on a 30 million euros takeover of second-tier Spanish side Real Valladolid.

The two-time Ballon d'Or winner, who scored over 350 career goals in an illustrious career at the highest level, is said to be lodging a bid for the Blanquivioletas, who are ranked 13th in the all-time La Liga table.

They were relegated from the top flight in 2013/14 and have remained in the Segunda division ever since, currently lying in sixth place for this season and on course for the promotion play-offs with one game remaining.

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And there's talk, namely from Globo Esporte that one of the greatest players ever to ply his trade in Spain, and world football for that matter, is interested in getting the club back on track.

'O Fenomeno' has ties to Valladolid vice president Jose Moro, as he was his partner in a wine business called Cepa 21. His relationship with Moro could see him return to football in a different capacity.

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To the contrary, Marca say that talks are not an advanced stage of yet but suggest Valladolid president Carlos Suarez would be willing to sell and pass on the duties to someone else if an offer on the same level as reported comes in.

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Gone are the days of him destroying defenders with his supreme dribbling and finishing but there's definitely still room for the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker.

Earlier this year, when asked about the possibility of taking up a role within the Brazilian football federation, Ronaldo revealed his ambition to run a second tier club in either Spain or England.

"It would be a great honour, but before that I want to experience running a big club," he told Folha de Sao Paulo.

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"I'm thinking about buying a club in the second division in Spain or England. I want to do something innovative. I think I'm prepared for the challenge."

Topics: Ronaldo Nazario, Football News, Football, Ronaldo, Real Valladolid, Spain, Brazil, Real Madrid

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