Ronaldo rejected English advances

Brazilian striker Ronaldo reportedly turned down the chance to move to the Premier League this summer, according to reports in South America.

The 32-year-old goal-getter is his country's all-time leading scorer, netting 62 times in 97 outings and winning the World Cup on two occasions in 1994 and 2002.

Having been expected to retire following a serious knee injury sustained with AC Milan in February 2008, the veteran marksman has defied the odds by returning to match fitness with Corinthians in his homeland, netting six times in his opening nine league appearances for the club.

And, according to, Ronaldo - who proved profilic at PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - had the opportunity to finally seal a switch to the Premier League during the close-season.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers are believed to have expressed an interest in bringing the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year to English shores.

However, the front-man is thought to have spurned both advances, wishing to remain at Corinthians and attempt to win the Copa Libertadores - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - this season; one of the few titles that have eluded him during his illustrious career.