Ronaldinho Was 48 Hours Away From Joining Manchester United
On this day in 2003, Ronaldinho signed for Barcelona and the rest is history, but things could have turned out so differently if a certain deal went through.
The Brazilian was convinced was about to join Manchester United instead of the Catalan giants.
In fact, he was a mere 48 hours away from joining the Red Devils and playing football under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But he opted to sign for Barcelona instead in a move reportedly worth £21 million.
Ronaldinho would go on to win consecutive La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy.
He would even lift the Ballon d'Or in 2005 but things could've been so different had he made the move from Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford.
"It almost happened with United," Ronaldinho said to Four Four Two earlier this year.
"It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: 'If I become Barca president, will you come?' I said yes.
"It was only a matter of details with United when Rosell called to say he was going to win the elections there.
"And I had promised to him that I'd play for Barca. It was a quick negotiation. I told the English I had chosen Barca."
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Imagine if Ronaldinho graced the Premier League alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
16 years ago, Ronaldinho joins @FCBarcelona & opens up a glorious chapter in the club's history. Football was never going to be the same again ever since.
Not sure how many will remember that he was close to join @ManUtd? Still remains to me one of those "What ifs" in football. pic.twitter.com/GOhX1RwYeH
- Sivan John (@SivanJohn_) July 19, 2019
Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson told ESPN that he only joined the club because he thought that Ronaldinho would be doing the same.
"Ronaldinho told me he was going to Manchester," he said.
"He kept saying to me, 'Come to Manchester!' I wanted to go, but I was reluctant because I didn't speak English and United didn't have any Portuguese speakers.
"Ronaldinho persuaded me and I went to Manchester. But he didn't."
Of course, Kleberson flopped at the Theatre Of Dreams and his fellow Brazilian went on to become one of the all time greats.
What could have been, ey.
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