Ronaldo: “Buying Real Valladolid was like a gift”

FLORENCE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22: Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima poses showing the award during the Italian Football Federation Hall of Fame Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio on February 22, 2016 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Ronaldo Nazario believes becoming a majority shareholder in Real Valladolid has been a life-changing experience for him

The Brazil legend completed a reported €30m takeover of La Liga club Valladolid in September for 51% of the club’s shares.

Discussing the purchase, Ronaldo revealed the difference it has made for his life by stating it’s given him a new purpose.

“I was looking for something to do for two years,” Ronaldo revealed on Sky Sports.

“I looked for a team to buy in Spain and England, and Valladolid was like a gift.

“Not only is it a club with 90 years of history behind it, but it’s also a city with 300,000 inhabitants and is a place that breathes football and all this means it has huge potential.

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“To be able to inspire people is better than to score a hat-trick against Barcelona. I found exactly what I wanted and I have got a lot to give them too.”

The former Real Madrid striker also confirmed reports that he had contacted his old club in regards to signing fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior on loan.

“I’ve asked Florentino Perez if we can have him, but I think it might be difficult!” said Ronaldo.

The 42-year-old previously enjoyed a stunning playing career with the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real and AC Milan before retiring in 2011.

O Fenômeno (The Phenomenon) won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times along with the Ballon d’Or twice.

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