“I don’t regret it” – Former Barcelona president claims he rejected chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for just £15 million

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Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed he rejected the chance to sign Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo for just £15 million in 2003.

Laporta told Iniestazo: “We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez.

“Marquez’s people proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. 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 €19m, but they’d sell him to us for €17m.

“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.

“I don’t regret it.”

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