Monday, June 27

Brazil legend Ronaldo ‘aims to pair up Dani Alves and Marcelo at Real Valladolid’

Brazil icon and Real Valladolid president Ronaldo ‘aims to pair up Dani Alves and Marcelo in ambitious double swoop this summer’… with the long time El Clasico rivals set to be free agents after leaving Barcelona and Real Madrid

  • Brazil legends Dani Alves and Marcelo are set to be free agents this summer 
  • Iconic Brazilian striker Ronaldo is keen to bring them to Real Valladolid
  • Real Valladolid were promoted to LaLiga after finishing second last season 
  • Ronaldo is president of the LaLiga side and is planning the ambitious moves

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Barcelona legend Dani Alves could reportedly team up with former Real Madrid captain Marcelo as part of ambitious plans by Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

The legendary striker is now president of Spanish side Real Valladolid, who have been promoted to LaLiga after finishing as runners-up in the Segunda division.

Brazilian media outlet UOL Esporte, have reported that Ronaldo is aiming big, as he hopes to pair 39-year-old Alves with Marcelo, 34, at Valladolid.

Brazil legend Ronaldo is planning some ambitious moves as president of Real Valladolid

Brazil legend Ronaldo is planning some ambitious moves as president of Real Valladolid

Brazil legend Ronaldo is planning some ambitious moves as president of Real Valladolid

The pair, while international team-mates, have long been on the opposing side as part of their many El Clasico clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Alves, played for Barcelona from 2008 to 2016, before briefly making a come-back under former team-mate Xavi last season.

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In his return to the Nou Camp, he made 17 appearances in total, scoring one goal.

Though Alves had been hoping to stay at the Nou Camp for a further season, Xavi decided not to extend the right-back’s contract, meaning he is free to look for another club.

Ronaldo is aiming to pair up Dani Alves (pictured) with Marcelo at Real Valladolid this summer

Ronaldo is aiming to pair up Dani Alves (pictured) with Marcelo at Real Valladolid this summer

Ronaldo is aiming to pair up Dani Alves (pictured) with Marcelo at Real Valladolid this summer

Marcelo had also been hoping to stay at Real Madrid, after an incredible 15-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Likes Barcelona with Alves, Real Madrid decided not to renew Marcelo’s contract, meaning he will be free to play for another club, for the first time since January 2007.

An emotional tribute ceremony was held for Marcelo, in which Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and club legend Raul were both left in tears.

 ‘I played for the greatest club in the world,’ he said.

 He added: ‘I want to thank my wife Clarice, I wouldn’t be the man I am without her. And my sons who watched their dad play for the greatest club in the world.’

Marcelo (pictured) and Alves are both set to be free agents with the pair not signing new deals to extend their contracts at Real Madrid or Barcelona after legendary spells at the clubs

Marcelo (pictured) and Alves are both set to be free agents with the pair not signing new deals to extend their contracts at Real Madrid or Barcelona after legendary spells at the clubs

Marcelo (pictured) and Alves are both set to be free agents with the pair not signing new deals to extend their contracts at Real Madrid or Barcelona after legendary spells at the clubs

When Marcelo arrived at Real Madrid, club legend Raul was in the autumn of his career but still appeared to leave a significant mark on the young Brazilian.

He paid tribute to the legendary forward, saying: ‘Thank you Raul for being a captain and an example for me. I have never said it but you have been my role model. Thank you.’

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Ronaldo became the majority owner of Valladolid in September 2018, after buying 51 percent of the club’s shares in a deal worth £25million. 

Marcelo (right) and Alves won an incredible haul of trophies at their respective clubs

Marcelo (right) and Alves won an incredible haul of trophies at their respective clubs

Marcelo (right) and Alves won an incredible haul of trophies at their respective clubs

In December, the former striker also purchased Brazilian giants Cruzeiro where he began his professional career. 

If he were able to land his compatriots in stunning deals, he would sign two players with a lot of experience – particularly in winning trophies.

Marcelo won 25 pieces of silverware at Madrid, while Alves picked up 26 while playing for Barcelona.  


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