The 35-year-old forward was purportedly offered to the Catalan club before his change to Manchester United back in 2003
Barcelona were offered the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Manchester United, previous president Joan Laporta has asserted, adding that he doesn’t lament passing up the Portuguese.
The magic forward has been a productive presence before objective across a prize loaded vocation, with 35-year-old Ronaldo proceeding to flourish with Serie A monsters Juventus right up ’til today.
Without a doubt, his five Ballon d’Or grants are bettered exclusively by Barcelona charm Lionel Messi, who has six, with both broadly viewed as two of the best players to have ever played the game.
What’s more, Laporta has now guaranteed that the pair could well have been colleagues at Camp Nou, with the 58-year-old, who is rushing to be chosen Barca president briefly time in the approaching races, uncovering that Barca were offered the opportunity to sign Ronaldo.
“We were going to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez,” Laporta said during a meeting with Iniestazo. “Marquez’s kin proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting at that point.
“One of his representatives said that they had a player who they had offered to [Manchester] United for 19 million, yet they’d offer him to us for 17 million.
“However, we had just put resources into Ronaldinho at that point. Cristiano played more out wide than in the middle. We thought we were covered, so we dismissed him and I don’t think twice about it.”
Notwithstanding Barca apparently evading the opportunity to sign Ronaldo, previous Brazil worldwide Ronaldinho appreciated extensive accomplishment with the Catalan monsters, while he additionally helped guide Messi at the hour of his rise in the primary group.
Ronaldo, in the interim, would proceed to finish a change to Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson prior to being allowed a change to Real Madrid.
During his time in Spain, Ronaldo turned into Madrid’s record scorer and caused them win two class titles and four Champions League prizes, among numerous other individual and group honors.
He has since asserted two Serie A titles with Juve in spite of the fact that it stays not yet clear on the off chance that he’ll have the option to make sure about a third in the 2020-21 season, with Andrea Pirlo’s side presently fourth in the table, seven focuses behind pioneers AC Milan yet with a game close by.