Why Brazil legend Ronaldo bought a Spanish yo-yo club

Category ubgwbuji

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Football News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Real Valladolid’s José Zorrilla stadium REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move smart causal 3 possible standings The fans are also thrilled to have a big name around who appears to be investing emotionally and not just financially. In establishing that sentiment, Ronaldo has shown he’s not only capable of dribbling past defenders, he also has skill with his choice of words. Asked by a journalist if he will be involved in day-to-day operations, or take a more hands-off approach, the sharp reply marked his territory. “Do you think I’m going to buy the club then go on holiday the next day?” the former Barça man scoffed.Perhaps unsurprisingly, he has even been giving hands-on advice to players. At the weekend, Keko was schooled on how to eliminate keepers in one v one situations – keep calm, feint a few times, then go the opposite way was the lesson.  “It’s a bit difficult when Ronaldo gives you advice. You look at him and you say ‘I know, I know. In theory I know, but he actually did it!” the 26-year-old winger laughed.On the pitch, Ronaldo was undoubtedly a genius. We now get to find out how good he is off it. His ownership hasn’t kicked off with a bang: Valldolid lost 1-0 to Alavés in his first game and are still looking for a first league goal of the season. Perhaps the new boss should dig his boots out… During his spells with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, legendary number nine Ronaldo scored 151 goals and won seven trophies. It isn’t a surprise that he has returned to a country where he achieved so much success as a player therefore, but the manner was certainly unexpected.In August, it was revealed out of the blue that the 42-year-old was interested in becoming the majority shareholder of Real Valladolid, a side based 200km north of Madrid who had recently returned to La Liga. The deal was quickly concluded in early September for a sum of €30m, and Ronaldo became a La Liga owner. But why Valladolid, and why now? 3 MONEY Ronaldo was one of the most gifted players of his generation Ronaldo scored 104 goals in 177 appearances for Real Madrid Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Geographically, the club is also in an advantageous position. Ronaldo’s star power and contacts in the game will go a long way towards enticing new players, but so too will the feasibility of being based in Madrid and commuting daily while playing for them. The allure of the Spanish capital and all it has to offer should not be underestimated.Thirdly, the institution’s finances also help. Things were dire for Valladolid a decade ago, but since 2012 the club has reduced its main debts with the Spanish tax and social security authorities by €45m, and in recent years, turned a profit. By next summer increased revenue thanks to returning to La Liga is expected to see the main debts drop to less than €3m – a tiny sum in modern football.Financially manageable, excellently located and with a strong fanbase that could be grown further to increase revenue, with Valladolid Ronaldo has bought potential – the Brazilian admitted as much when asked by Spanish reporters about his reason for investing. The city is understandably delighted, aware that his star power could create an excitement about Valladolid games that did not previously exist outside the current diehards. “He’s putting us on the map, as a club and as a city,” club president Carlos Suárez admitted. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE Looking purely at Valladolid’s sporting achievements there is little to get excited about. A yo-yo side in recent years who have spent three separate prolonged spells in the second division since 2004, they have never won the Copa del Rey let alone competed for honours in La Liga (the closest being a fourth place finish way back in 1963). This is no sleeping giant like Valencia for example, who attracted their own takeover back in 2014 and were an obvious target for investors.But look closer and Ronaldo has done his homework. What Valladolid do have is the 26,500 capacity José Zorrilla stadium – bigger than nine other grounds in the league including Villarreal. More importantly, they have a dedicated fanbase prepared to fill that home. All but one fifth of the seats have been taken up by season ticket holders for the forthcoming competitive year, with 1,500 of those left reserved for public sale, and the rest going to sponsors, VIPs and away fans. Valladolid could have filled the whole thing: even more supporters are willing to cough up the cash to come along, there is a waiting list for those who want one of the rare season ticket slots, and there has long been talk of increasing the capacity to meet demand. silverware REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 RANKED last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *