September 3, 2018 / 12:11 PM / 3 months ago

Brazilian Ronaldo buys majority stake in La Liga side Valladolid

FILE PHOTO: Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo attends a news conference after meeting with fellow members of the local 2014 World Cup organizing committee in Rio de Janeiro, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has become the majority stakeholder in Spanish La Liga team Real Valladolid after buying 51 percent of the club from president Carlos Suarez.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward paid around 30 million euros (£27 million), according to Spanish media reports.

Valladolid were promoted this season and Ronaldo said the aim was to keep the team in the Spanish top flight.

“We want Real Valladolid to consolidate in the top flight and keep building hopes from there,” said Ronaldo.

“It will not stop there because we want to grow to where our hopes allow us to.”

Suarez will continue as club president.

“The arrival of Ronaldo puts Valladolid on the map and will allow the club to take a leap forward in quality. I welcome him to his home,” said Suarez.

Editing by Kevin Liffey

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