Brazilian legend Ronaldinho could have played for Manchester United in his hay days, but the club backed out of the deal and rather chose to sign one of the greatest players in football history.
Former Manchester United Chief Executive, Peter Kenyon, has explained the reason the club didn’t sign Ronaldinho back in 2003.
United had made a move for the Brazilian superstar at the time, after selling off David Beckham, but the deal didn’t pull through, and the club had to settle for Ronaldo instead.
Speaking to Daily Telegraph on the move, Kenyon revealed the move didn’t happen because United couldn’t afford the fee.
He said: “We did try really hard for Ronaldinho.
“And in the end we offered what was a load of money even by our standards and there came a point…
“Getting the player just for the amount of money paid didn’t sit well at United. There was a decision that if he is right and we do want him we will pay because we could.
“It crossed the line and on reflection – and this is not about his ability – it turned out to be a great decision.”
Kenyon added the original plan was to sign Ronaldo and send him back on loan to Sporting, but the Portuguese impressed during a preseason game against the Red Devils, and that changed the mind of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I got a call at half-time saying, ‘Rather than leave him here, can we take him home please?’, he said.
Both players of course, have been remarkable in the world of football since then.
While Ronaldinho played for Barcelona and achieved great heights, Ronaldo conquered England and Europe with United before leaving for Real Madrid, and he’s still making his mark with Juventus in the Serie A.
Do you think Manchester United made the right move?