Brazil legend Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club Valladolid

Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time. (AFP pic)

MADRID: World Cup winner Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51% 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 (RM140 million) and would complete the deal next week.

“The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suárez, owner of more than 60% 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 around the time the club won promotion back to the Spanish top flight 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 Suárez, who has run the club for 17 years, would continue as president and Sergio González 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 discreetly 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 honours include winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times and the Ballon D’Or twice. “Il Fenomeno” retired in 2011.