CRISTIANO RONALDO and Lionel Messi are sworn rivals, destined to divide followers of their combat to be thought of soccer’s biggest of all time endlessly.
However it may have been so totally different, with Barcelona REJECTING the possibility to signal Ronaldo and pair him with Messi for simply £15million in 2003.
Barcelona rejected the possibility to signal Ronaldo for £15m in 2003Credit score: AFP
Man Utd ultimately signed Ronaldo in 2003 after Barcelona handed on the ex-Sporting starCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
That summer time, the Portuguese star was on the point of leaving Sporting Lisbon after a speedy rise to prominence.
In fact, Ronaldo finally joined Manchester United and shot to superstardom earlier than transferring to Actual Madrid six years later.
However now, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has revealed he turned down the possibility to carry Ronaldo to the Nou Camp in a deal that would have modified the face of sport endlessly.
Laporta – president on the time – claimed he has ‘no regrets’, saying it was between Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, with Barca choosing the established Brazilian star.
Trying again on that fateful resolution 18 years in the past, Laporta advised Iniestazo: “We had been about to signal Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez.
“Marquez’s individuals proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting on the time.
“One among his brokers stated that that they had a participant who that they had bought to [Manchester] United for €19m, however they’d promote him to us for €17m.
“However we had already invested in Ronaldinho on the time. Cristiano performed extra out broad than within the centre.
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Lionel Messi was simply began to make waves at Barcelona, turning out for his or her B group, in 2003Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
“We thought we had been coated, so we rejected him.
“I do not remorse it.”
Barcelona would go on to get pleasure from enormous success with Ronaldinho, profitable two LaLiga crowns and one Champions League title throughout his five-year keep.
The Brazilian even received the Ballon d’Or throughout his time on the Nou Camp, in 2005.
Somewhat than hyperlink up with Messi, Ronaldo headed to Outdated Trafford – the place he would three Premier League crowns and one Champions League.
He too received a Ballon d’Or at his new membership, taking residence the primary of his 5 FIVE awards in 2008.
After quitting Man Utd in 2009, Ronaldo would go on to terrorise Barca whereas taking part in for his or her fiercest rivals, Actual Madrid.
In 9 years on the Bernabeu, he received two LaLiga crowns and a staggering FOUR Champions League crowns earlier than becoming a member of Juventus for £99m in 2018.