The greatest of his age: Cristiano Ronaldo

5 unknown things about Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Here is a look at 5 things you might not know about the Real Madrid talisman
Atharva Gosavi
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#1 Cristiano Ronaldo - A Barca no.7?
Imagine them being on the same side!

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Every die-hard Ronaldo fan knows how Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier failed to sign him as a teenager for Arsenal and Liverpool respectively. Even his arch-rivals Barcelona add to that list.

We have already seen how Madrid missed the chance to sign Messi due to a small game of fate(Five unknown things about Leo Messi). With Barcelona, however, the case is exactly the opposite. The Catalans refused to sign CR7 for understandable reasons when he was offered to them while at Sporting CP. But, had they snapped him up, there's no telling what could have been...

In 2016, ex-Barca President Joan Laporta raised the curtain over this story by saying,

"We were in a process of rebuilding everything. I was at Sporting Club de Portugal talking to his agent [Jorge Mendes] who wanted to sell Deco to us."

"We had already signed Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez, and Ricardo Quaresma so we weren't able to spend that much. But he told us that he had another very good player. It was Ronaldo."

"He had a deal with United for €19m euros but he was offered to us for €17m."

So, would you have liked to see him in the blue and burgundy colours of Nou Camp, Barca fans? The prospect of seeing Cristiano and Messi is a mouth-watering one, isn't it?

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Published 27 Jan 2018, 12:51 IST
 
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