Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed he considered buying a MLS franchise before exploring alternative options in Europe. After we covered the other legendary Ronaldo from Portugal in the football news, Brazilian Ronaldo has disclosed his club-buying struggles.
The two-time World Cup winner was a minority stakeholder of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League. However, unfortunately, they folded in 2016.
Ronaldo Has Revealed He Considered Buying a MLS Franchise
At that point, though, Ronaldo was eager to remain in the United States. He wanted to invest in another American franchise but was eventually priced out of the market.
For one, that is the home of his former Real Madrid team-mate David Beckham, now a co-owner of Inter Miami.
Speaking to the Flow Podcast, Ronaldo said: “I went to New York and I had a meeting with the MLS president and he presented his ideas ‘you can win all you want but if you don’t have €70m for the franchise, you go nowhere’. That made me reject that project.
“Then I went to London to study sports management and sports marketing.”
Ronaldo then added: “I looked a lot, in the [English] Championship but everything was too expensive.
“The Premier League is a complete success worldwide and so is the Championship, but you had to have £60m, so I then looked in Portugal and Spain, where the prices were more affordable.”
Ronaldo’s search thus continued after the 2018 World Cup, but in Europe.
So, he eventually purchased a 51 per cent stake in Real Valladolid, where he is now club president.
The 45-year-old said: “I heard there was an opportunity at Valladolid. I negotiated for a week and ended up paying €30 million (£26m/$34m).”
Valladolid are currently fifth in the Spanish second tier table, 10 points adrift of leaders Almeria. However, at least, they are only four off the automatic promotion spots.