Ronaldinho and Sir Alex Ferguson explain Brazilian star’s failed move to Manchester United


Ronaldinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and other insiders at the time have opened up about the Brazilian great’s failed move to Manchester United in 2003.

During his five years at Barcelona, ​​Ronaldinho became a legend in world football winning the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup during his time at Camp Nou. He also won the Ballon D’or during his spell at the club in 2005.

However, his future and that of Barca and United could have been very different had Ronaldinho signed for Old Trafford. Talk to GQ ahead of the new movie’s release Ronaldinho: the happiest man in the world those close to the negotiations at the time explained how interested the Brazilian midfielder was in moving to the Reds.

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His Brazilian teammate Kleberson, who signed for United in 2003, has detailed his conversations with the future Barcelona legend. “Ronaldinho told me he was going to Manchester,” he explained.

“He kept saying, ‘Come to Manchester.’ I wanted to go, but I was reluctant because I didn’t speak English and United didn’t have Portuguese speakers, but Ronaldinho persuaded me and I went to Manchester.

However, Ronaldinho wouldn’t follow his international colleague, after Sandro Rosell was elected to the Barcelona board and spoke to him. Rosell explained in the film: “Ronaldinho’s brother met us both [Rosell and Joan Laporta] and Manchester United in a hotel. We were put in two separate rooms and he moved between them to listen and compare offers.

United were set to lose David Beckham in 2003 to Real Madrid and Sir Alex Ferguson has told GQ his thoughts on signing Ronaldinho. “The attempt to buy Ronaldinho reflected the fact that United have always sported talismanic players,” explained the legendary United boss.

“I was always looking for that talent. My reasoning was, ‘We get £25m for Beckham and we get Ronaldinho for £19m.

“For God’s sake, wake up. It was a robbery.”

“During the negotiations, we reached a point that was beyond the reach of what Barca could afford,” Rosell explains. At that time, the decision was made to call then-Brazilian manager Felipe Scolari to see if he would persuade Ronaldinho to move to La Liga.

Asked about this conversation, Scolari simply replied: “He [Ronaldinho] doubted his ability. He needed people who appreciated him for who he really was.

“As a friend, I showed him the right way.” The rest, as they say, is history and Ronaldinho would become a legend in Spain.

Discussing the choice between Barca and United, Ronaldinho claimed his decision was easy. “The biggest clubs in the world always attract players.

“I spoke to a lot of people at this stage, my brother brokered this. But when Sandro Rosell offered the Barcelona chance…”

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