Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has
held talks with Flamengo over a possible move, according to the Brazilian club.
The 29-year-old Brazil international has lost his place in the Real line-up in
recent weeks and was rumoured to be looking for a way out of the Spanish capital.
A number of big companies, including Nike, are ready to help finance a move
according to Flamengo vice-president Kleber Leite. "It's an old dream of both
Ronaldo and Flamengo," Leite told GloboEsporte.com. "The person who doesn't like
to have Ronaldo in his squad is crazy. "Ronaldo is not happy and a player like
him cannot remain unhappy in that way. Financially, everything is possible and
Flamengo are ready to do everything possible to have him.
"I talked to him some days ago and he told me he was interested in playing for
Flamengo. I don't know the points of his contract with Real Madrid and that will
be the first step." Ronaldo has been in European football for almost 12 seasons
after leaving Cruzeiro as a 17-year-old to join PSV Eindhoven in 1994.
One of Real's now-infamous 'galacticos', he has been the subject of fierce
criticism in the wake of the resignation of club president Florentino Perez, the
architect behind his acquisition in 2002. Ronaldo refused to be drawn on his
future following the goalless draw at Valencia on Saturday, in which he came off
the bench and missed a last-minute penalty.