The rationale why Ronaldo was by no means paired up with Messi has lastly been revealed by former Barcelona president Laporta.
Ronaldinho was the rationale then-Barcelona president Joan Laporta ‘rejected’ signing a younger Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.
Laporta, who served because the membership’s president between 2003 and 2010, doesn’t remorse his resolution to not signal Ronaldo, who has since develop into a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of many best of all-time.
The 58-year-old, who hopes to be re-elected as membership president this yr, defined Barca already invested €32.25m to signal Ronaldinho from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003 and had no want for a participant like Ronaldo.
“We have been about to signal Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez,” Laporta mentioned in an interview with Twitter user ‘Iniestazo’.
“Marquez’s individuals proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting Clube on the time.
“One in every of his brokers mentioned that they’d a participant who they’d offered to [Manchester] United for 19 million, however they’d promote him to us for 17 million.
“However we had already invested in Ronaldinho on the time. Cristiano performed extra out large than within the heart. We thought we have been lined, so we rejected him and I don’t remorse it.”
ENTREVISTA EXCLUSIVA A JOAN LAPORTA: MESSI, BARTOMEU, LA MASÍA, CRUYFF, ROSELL, SU PASADO… https://t.co/4DBLEptOXO
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