Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed he was in talks to buy an English football club, before investing in Real Valladolid.
The two-time World Cup winner was one of the deadliest strikers of his generation who scored over 400 times for club and country.
Ronaldo has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Milan clubs.
The 48-year-old went on to a successful business career after retiring and moved into football ownership in 2018.
He bought a majority stake in Spanish club Real Valladolid but revealed he was in talks to buy two English clubs – Brentford and Charlton.
“I was looking for a team to buy and I got help from a few people,” Ronaldo told FourFourTwo.
“There were lots of opportunities in England, and there still are, but because the local leagues are probably the most organized and valuable in the world, the clubs end up having a much higher valuation than anywhere else in Europe. . It’s really interesting.
“Now we all see the Premier League leading the way in the football industry while other leagues are trying their best to catch up financially because competing with English football is so difficult these days.
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“At the time, there were opportunities. Brentford was part of the teams offered to me: I was able to discuss with them and understand the business plan, and it was very pleasant.
“There were also third tier clubs with huge potential – Charlton, a London side with a great tradition, also approached me. But these are all opportunities requiring an investment of over £50m.
“In the end, I decided to buy Valladolid at a cheaper price and keep the quality of life I have in Madrid. The short distance between Madrid and Valladolid is very important because it allows me to stay close of my company all the time, so I think it was the best decision I could have made.
At the time of Ronaldo’s interest, Brentford were in the league while Charlton were in Ligue 1, where they still are.