Brazilian legend Ronaldo says he was offered the option to buy Brentford and Charlton before taking over Real Valladolid



BRAZIL legend Ronaldo Nazario claims he was offered the option of buying Brentford or Charlton.

But the iconic ex-footballer has instead opted for the Spanish team of Real Valladolid.


Ronaldo Nazario could have invested in Brentford or Charlton before taking over Real ValladolidCredit: Getty

Ronaldo, 45, was one of the game’s greatest forwards, scoring 352 goals in 518 games.

He played for Real Madrid, Barcelona and both clubs in Milan, and won TWO World Cups with Brazil.

In 2018, Ronaldo went in search of a football club, after investing in the now disbanded US team, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

And he was offered opportunities to take over Brentford or Charlton.

However, both sides required huge sums of investment.

And Ronaldo has instead chosen to stay in Spain with Valladolid, where he is now president with 82% of the club’s shares.

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However, with the minnows relegated to La Liga 2 last season, Ronaldo admits he remains open to investing in England at some point.

He told FourFourTwo: “Back then there were opportunities.

“Brentford was one of the teams that was offered to me; I was able to chat with them and understand the business plan, and it was very nice.

“There were also third division clubs with huge potential – Charlton, a London side with a great tradition, approached me as well.

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“But these are all opportunities requiring an investment of over £ 50million.

“In the end, I decided to buy Valladolid at a lower price and keep the quality of life I have in Madrid.

“[But] the English league remains a goal for me in the near future.

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