How Barça missed Ronaldo

Long before his arrival in Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo could have changed dimension at Barça.

Summer 2003. Then 18 years old, the young Cristiano Ronaldo, already preceded by a fine reputation, leaves his Sporting trainer to kiss Manchester United. With the sequel we know: six seasons of ramp-up and an arrival with fanfare at real Madrid in 2009. However, the fate of Mancunien Portuguese at the time would have hung by a thread.

This Wednesday, in an interview relayed by Iniestazo – a media specializing in the news of the Blaugranas – the former president of Barça Joan Laporta, who held the reins of the club from 2003 to 2010 and finds himself favorite to the succession of Josep Bartomeu these days, tells how the Catalans missed the phenomenon almost 18 years ago.

Laporta: “I don’t regret it”

“We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez. Marquez representatives proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting at the time. One of his agents said they had a player they sold to United for $ 19million, but they would sell him to us for $ 17million. But we had already invested in Ronaldinho at the time. Cristiano was a real winger at the time and we thought we were well provided for this position, so we pushed that idea away and I don’t regret it. A little all the same maybe, no?

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