Brazilian legend Ronaldo has revealed he was offered the chance to buy one of two English clubs - Brentford or Charlton, before he chose to invest in Spanish side, Real Valladolid.
The 45-year-old was on the hunt to invest in a football club, having previously invested in now-dissolved American side Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He was presented with the opportunity to take over either Brentford or Charlton, but baulked at the huge sum he was required to invest.
Ronaldo opted to invest in a club in the LaLiga, but admitted he remains open to investing in England at some stage.
He told FourFourTwo: "I was looking for a team to buy and had the help of a few people with it. 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.
"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. [But] the English league remains a goal for me in the near future. Because when I first started at Valladolid, my idea was to expand the business and try to build a network of teams.
"Obviously, since I was putting money into Valladolid from my own pocket, I didn't possess the liquidity to invest in other teams simultaneously - and, to be honest, another project at that point would have made things more complicated. But I'm extremely happy with how things are going around here."