Ronaldo Nazario, commonly known as R9, O Fenomeno or just ‘Ronaldo’ is well known for both his club and country career; having played for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan – whilst also featuring 98 times for the Brazilian national team.
Now, Ronaldo is taking things to the next level, spending around a reported €30 million to become the majority shareholder of La Liga club Real Valladolid.
The two-time Ballon d’Or winner, who scored over 350 career goals in an illustrious career at the highest level, has been linked with a bid for the Blanquivioletas for a few months now.
When the rumours first came about at the back-end of last season, Valladolid were occupying sixth place in the Segunda division and hoping to return to the big-time via the play-offs.
And they did just that, finishing fifth in the league but beating both Sporting Gijon and Numancia to take the third promotion spot.
But it still looks as though there will be a change of ownership at the club, with Cadena Ser saying R9 is closing in on the purchase.
Ronaldo would become the president of the Spanish club, with current president Carlos Suarez remaining on as CEO.
El Larguero are reporting that the deal is as good as done, with only the official announcement missing.