One of the biggest sports personalities in the world, Ronaldinho, revealed how close he was to playing for Premier League giants, Manchester United. 


The Brazilian joined Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003, having won the World Cup with Brazil the year before. He then went on to become a legend at the club, leading the club to a number of major trophies.


However, the former Barcelona superstar revealed his career could have been very different as he was just a whisker away from joining Alex Ferguson's United. 





In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, he said: “It almost happened with United. 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," as quoted by  Express


“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. It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barca. We have a history there." 


“Off the pitch it is like nowhere else in Europe, so we are always happy playing there. I miss Barcelona a lot. I had five fantastic seasons there, at a club that likes strikers and talented players.”




Ronaldinho won the Ballon d'Or while playing for Barcelona. He helped the club to two La Liga titles and the famous Champions League win in 2006.