Ronaldo’s first signing at Real Valladolid has been revealed, but who exactly is Stiven Plaza.
Having taken over at the club earlier this season, Ronaldo has been forced to wait until the January transfer window to seal his first deal as majority owner, but the news of Plaza’s signature has now filtered through.
Ronaldo, who visited Independient del Valle in Ecuador to seal the deal, spoke briefly about his new signing, saying: “I saw some videos and I was very interested. Stiven Plaza is ready to fly.”
Big words of praise from the 1994 and 2002 World Cup winner, but it will now be interesting to see if the 19-year-old can break into the first team.
Valladolid beat Man United and Man City to Plaza
Having scored an impressive seven goals in three games during the U20 Copa Libertadores, Plaza was watched for several further games by both Manchester United and Manchester City from the Premier League. Whilst neither made an official approach, Plaza’s debut with the Ecuadorian national side last year saw further more European sides take note.
So, what does the youngster have to offer?
A typical number nine in the mould of Ronaldo. Obviously goals are at the fore-front of Plaza’s game so far in his career, but it his overall off the ball movement and pace that had enticed the former Brazilian great to part with cash.
Plaza not only offers that threat but for someone so quick and keen to run – he actually holds the ball up really well and then becomes a playmaker, creating a handful of goals for his former club.
What do we think?
Could be exactly what Valladolid need right now. Some one with excitement, pace and a hunger for scoring goals and to impress. It will be surprising to see the 19-year-old go straight into the first team, but if Ronaldo gets his way and after all, it is his club – then we could be seeing a new promise in La Liga very soon..