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Cristiano Ronaldo: The day Barca could have afforded it

Former president of FC Barcelona, Joan has confessed that the Catalan club could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo when he was still a sporting player.

With “If”, we could remake the world. Yet there are things that seem obvious and not be otherwise. This is a bit of the case for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is attacking a new record, which one does not imagine with a jersey of FC Barcelona on the back. And yet it could have happened very well. Of course, the Portuguese has always claimed his love for Real Madrid and we do not see how he could have agreed to join Catalonia. But at the age of 18 and to start his career, he might have thought twice … In any case, Barca was on the move, as Joan Deporta, the former president of the Blaugrana Club, explained in the words relayed by Marca.

“Ronaldinho, Marquez and Quaresma (in the Summer of 2003, ed.) had been signed.” We were in a process of rebuilding the identity of the team. Cristiano Ronaldo was thus at Sporting Portugal, before signing for Manchester United, and chatted with his agent (Jorge Mendes), who wanted to sell us Deco. We explained that we could not line up but he offered us another boy. It was Ronaldo. They had an agreement with United for 19 million euros, but they offered it to us for 17. Finally Barca did not let itself be tempted. What if? Have you seen CR7 at Barça?

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