Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed he was in talks over buying an English football club, before investing in Real Valladolid.
The two-time World Cup winner was one of the deadliest strikers of his generation that scored more than 400 times for club and country.
Ronaldo played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, and both Milan clubs.
The 48-year-old has gone on to have a successful business career after he retired and turned to football ownership back in 2018.
He bought a majority stake in Spanish club Real Valladolid, but has revealed that he was in talks to buy two English clubs – Brentford and Charlton.
“I was looking for a team to buy and had the help of a few people with it,” Ronaldo told FourFourTwo.
“There were plenty of opportunities in England, and still are, but since the local leagues are probably the most organised and valuable in the world, the clubs there end up having a far 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 the other leagues are doing their best to catch up financially, because competing with English football is so difficult these days.
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“Back then, there were some opportunities. Brentford were one of the teams offered to me: I got to talk with them and understand the business plan, and it was very nice.
“There were also clubs in the third tier with massive potential – Charlton, a London side with big tradition, approached me as well. But these were all opportunities requiring investment of more than £50m.
“In the end, I decided to purchase Valladolid for a cheaper price and keep the quality of life that I have in Madrid. The short distance between Madrid and Valladolid is very important because it allows me to stay close to my business the whole time, so I think it was the best decision that I could have made.”
At the time of Ronaldo’s interest, Brentford were in the Championship while Charlton were in League One, where they still are.