According to reports, Real Madrid and Brazil legend Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 per cent of La Liga club Real Valladolid.
El Norte de Castilla, a regional daily based in Valladolid has made the claim, citing “sources close to the operation.”
Ronaldo has reportedly paid €30 million with the deal set to be done next week.
“The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suarez, owner of more than 60 per cent of the shares of the company, on Thursday evening,” the newspaper wrote.
Reports in the Spanish media have claimed Ronaldo was interested in Valladolid since the club won promotion back to the Spanish top flight.
The former striker has been impressed by the way the club operates. However, the takeover would not “lead to great changes in the club structure” and that Suarez would remain president and Sergio Gonzalez would still be head coach.
“Ronaldo does not want to be the visible head and prefers to stay in the background,” the newspaper wrote.
The UEFA Champions League winners found themselves behind to a Borja Garcia goal in the 17 minute of their second La Liga fixture of the season before a brace from Karim Bezema and goals from Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos sealed a win for the Los Blancos.
“Both halves were tricky. Girona have a good collective game, they started well got an early goal and could have had another,” Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Movistar following his side’s win.
“Then we got two penalties. We deserved them because we were playing to win and had a hatful of chances,” he added.
The former Spain national team coach hailed his side’s calmness under moments of pressure as the reason for their comeback win.
“We kept calm under pressure and played well enough in the second half to deserve the victory. We were flying forwards too quickly in the first half, we were too keen to attack. We were calm and clear and had plenty of space. When we have that this team gets going, it works and the goals start to flow,” he explained.
“This time it was Gareth, Karim and Sergio, but we don’t mind who gets them as long as we get them.”
Real Madrid have big gaping hole to fill to replace the goals of the prolific Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Serie A champions Juventus in a big-money summer move. With Real signing no like-for-like replacement for the Portuguese star who scored a whopping 450 goals in 438 games for the club, the pressure on the remaining stars like Bale and Benzema has increased exponentially.
While Lopetegui believes that replacing Ronaldo’s goals will not be a problem for the club if they keep up their Girona display, he is already growing in stature with some of the decisions he has taken so far.
The Real Madrid coach left the likes of Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Thibaut Courtois on the bench on Sunday while taking off left-back Marcelo around the 60th minute mark.
Spanish daily Marca stated that Lopetegui has shown that he was not “afraid to make unpopular decisions for the best of the team” and “proved he was in charge”.