Football is full of bizarre connections and right now, former Nottingham Forest player Saidy Janko is providing one.
Janko spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the City Ground. He was added by Aitor Karanka and made 17 appearances for the club.
The right-back signed on a season-long loan from Porto and made the majority of his appearances during the first half of the season.
He made just six of his appearances under Martin O’Neill, with the European Cup-winning player not fancying him.
Having parted with Karanka, Forest chose not to take up the option of a permanent deal on the Porto man.
Instead, he signed for Young Boys on loan. There, he made 46 appearances and caught the eye of Real Valladolid.
Interestingly, the Segunda Division outfit have one of the greatest players to ever kick a football overseeing things.
Ronaldo owns 82% of the Spanish club having invested back in 2018. Last season, the club was sadly relegated from La Liga, following a 19th place finish.
Janko played 19 La Liga games last season but was unable to prevent the club from slipping down a division.
During 2021/22, he has played five times for the club, featuring three times on the right-hand side of midfield.
Janko progress intriguing after Forest departure
Interestingly, the defender was one of few foreign imports that supporters perhaps wouldn’t have minded signing permanently.
When called upon he was largely good and plenty felt he should have been utilised more under O’Neill.
He was on the books of Manchester United and Celtic earlier in his career. During his time at Old Trafford, Paul Scholes called him ‘fantastic’ and hoped he’d get a first-team chance.
He left United having made just one first-team appearance but he has forged a decent career for himself.
Now, he’s rubbing shoulders with Ronaldo. The man who scored 352 goals in 518 appearances in club football pays Janko’s wages and that is quite a contract from being bombed out of the Forest first team by O’Neill.