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Which OG footballing legend would you choose to own your club?

The news has emerged in Spain that 'O Fenomeno' is planning to invest in Real Valladolid

He can dust past defenders leaving them on the floor.

But can Ronaldo Nazario run a football club?

Well it looks like we could be about to find out.

I would have him running my club in a second

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I would have him running my club in a second

As Marca reports, the legendary Brazilian no.9 is on the verge of becoming the majority shareholder of La Liga side Real Valladolid.

So what do we think Ronaldo’s ownership style will look like?

Well for starters he will be making sure the club signs big, powerful strikers that will keep the crowd entertained, you know, just like himself.

And you can guarantee that the team socials will be absolutely lit.

He might even get his old mate Diego Maradona involved.

Business Ronaldo

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Business Ronaldo

This very exciting news got us thinking, what would other legends of football be like if they managed a football club?

THE SAFEST PAIR OF HANDS – MICHAEL BALLACK

‘We’re training with this from now on lads’

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‘We’re training with this from now on lads’

If the way Ballack marshalled Bayer Leverkusen’s, Bayern Munich’s and Chelsea’s midfield is anything to go by any football club would be well run under him.

His relentless stamina would see him in the office from dusk till dawn tying up deals and making sure the manager had everything they needed.

He would be loved by the fans, sitting with the faithful home and away and he would never try and get involved in overriding the manager.

A classic German winners’ mentality too.

THE FIRM BUT FAIR BOSS – FABIO CANNAVARO

Name a more iconic photo of Italy at the 2006 World Cup, Ill wait.

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Name a more iconic photo of Italy at the 2006 World Cup, Ill wait.

Underestimate the 5’7″ defensive general at your peril.

He might have been the smallest centre-back to ever win the World Cup, probably, but he was an absolutely leader.

Any club lucky enough to get some of Cannavaro’s investment would soon find themselves targeting mentally-strong players who totally believed in the project.

He wouldn’t take any s*** from a Mario Balotelli-style character and would force the manager to take extra heading practice for every single player and staff member.

THE WILDCARD – DIEGO MARADONA (obvs.)

This picture has not been doctored

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This picture has not been doctored

As Dynamo Brest are quickly discovering, having Maradona involved in the running of your club is pure, unadulterated mayhem.

But they would have known that when they got him on board.

All the fans would begin by adoring him, but all the super trucks, party girls and snoozing in the executive box would soon begin to wear when he takes a three week holiday during a crucial transfer window.

It could only end with him cutting his losses and selling the club for £1 somewhere down the line.

THE INNOVATORS – XAVI AND ANDRES INIESTA

Till death do us part

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Till death do us part

Everything would change from the moment these two walk through the door.

They bring a footballing pedigree that leaves people shivering in their wake.

They would a revolution at any club where the players have to perfect brushstrokes before they are allowed to pass a real football.

Lionel Messi would be brought in as an understated manager with an ultimate triumvirate of pure Barca DNA leading the club.

The end product would be incredibly beautiful.

THE ECCENTRIC – FAUSTINO ASPRILLA 

Not all the players or staff know exactly what he is about until he turns up on the first day in a sheep hide, which he immediately tells everyone is from his own farm.

Half the training facility becomes a salsa nightclub which is open 24/7 and Asprilla keeps begging his manager to put him up front for 20 minutes every game.

All the players are forced to learn somersault celebrations and they spend their rest time learning animal husbandry.

Somehow the club goes from strength-to-strength under the Colombian and everyone loves the journey.


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