Uk news Former Barcelona president claims club rejected Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003 MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Barcelona had the chance to hijack Manchester United's move for the Portugal talisman - but decided to pursue other targets.
Breaking News ! Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed the club snubbed the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003. A teenage Ronaldo swapped Sporting CP for Manchester United and went on to become one of the greatest of all-time. He eventually landed in La Liga with Real Madrid, where he sparked an historic rivalry with Barca's Lionel Messi - the two trading Ballon d'Ors for most of the 2010s. Yet the Catalan side could have had both Messi and Ronaldo in their ranks, as Laporta claims the club had the chance to hijack his move to the Premier League 18 years ago. But they had already landed Ronaldinho and Mexican defender Rafael Marquez at the time, and the former president says he has no regrets over deciding against the Portugal legend. Read More Related Articles Transfer news LIVE as Celtic and Rangers plus Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs eye signings "We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez," he said in an interview with Iniestazo.
. He was at Sporting at the time. "One of his agents said that they had a player who they had sold to [Manchester] United for €19 million, but they'd sell him to us for €17 million. "But we had already invested in Ronaldinho at the time. Cristiano played more out wide than in the centre. We thought we were covered, so we rejected him and I don't regret it."
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