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.
Ronaldinho: “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 Barça president, will you come?” I said yes. It was only a matter of details with United.” #mufc [FourFourTwo] pic.twitter.com/a5Gse68ob6— Pogba_Lukaku (@Pogba6_Lukaku9) March 26, 2018
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.
“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.”
"The best player ever? Ronaldinho. He was the best in the world - better than Zidane, Pele or Maradona. When he didn't go out at night he would come to practice and tell each of his teammates to whom he would nutmeg, and in the end he did it."— Footy Throwbacks (@FootyThrowbacks) March 23, 2018
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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.