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CR7 Could Have Played For Barca

CR7 Could Have Played For Barca

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59 / / Jan 22, 2013 03:02 PM
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It is the stuff of football fantasy to wonder what magic would ensue if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played for the same team.

By joining Real Madrid and making it his life’s work to prove he is better than La Pulga Atomica, CR7 has probably ensured that he will never line up alongside his little bête noir.

However, there was a time in the past when the most devastating forward partnership the sport has ever seen could have been created.

Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, claims that Barca were offered the services of CR7 by his agent, before the Portuguese step-over king signed for Manchester United.

But Laporta says Barca’s transfer dealings at the time meant that they did not have enough money to strike a deal for Ronaldo.

It was 2003, and Liverpool were also keeping tabs on Ronaldo.

But as it happened, he joined United, helped changed the trajectory of Premier League history, and won his world record transfer to the Bernabeu a few seasons later.

It could all have been different however, had Barca had just a few more Euros in the bank when CR7 was dangled in front of them.

"(Agent Jorge) Mendes offered him to us, for even cheaper than to Manchester United, due to some transfers we had done for him, including Deco," Laporta told Spanish radio station, El Primer Toque.

"But at that moment we did not have the resources after signing Ronaldinho, (Rafael) Marquez and (Ricardo) Quaresma."   

Another current Real player who could have Barca man is Kaka, if Laporta is to be believed.

He says that AC Milan owner, Silvio Berlusconi, once tried to swap Kaka for his compatriot Ronaldinho, when the buck-toothed ball wizard was still setting La Liga on fire for Barca, and Kaka was playing for the Rossoneri.

"Berlusconi tried to swap him (Kaka) for Ronaldinho, but at that moment it was not an option for us as he was a key player," Laporta said.

"It was an offer made during a directors’ meal. It was half in joke and half serious, but he wanted to see if we would be interested.

“It seemed a pity as it then looked like he was going to be a success at Madrid, but that has not happened, although he is an excellent player."

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Kingdom25 Level 1
One blogger was dreaming, he even went as far as seeing BARCA players as robots. Ai life can be cruel at times. So long as zaniness is a gift too, i won't make funny statements out of someone due to it.

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lalo Level 2
It is a good thing he did not go to barca. ManU and RM have allowed CR7 to show how great he really is. He doesn't have to rely on a good team to excel but the team relies on his greatness to excel. CR7 is the best player in the world because he did not go to Barca. Barca would have forced him to pass to Messi like they are doing to Villa. This team is only for robots who have no opinion at all hence Ibra left them much earlier than anticipated.

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fanele4lyf Level 2
CR7 He could nt fit in barcelona coz dy play passing game?dat is nonsense Stop talkng nonsense.cr7 can do everything .he can fit everywhere,whether passing ,running ,heading ,one touch ,left foot ,right foot.many through ballz dat resulted in being a goal he has made wth d heel.whch i havent seen messi doing' is dat nt a passing?

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fanele4lyf Level 2
He could nt fit in barcelona coz dy play passing game?dat is nonsense Stop talkng nonsense.cr7 can do everything he can fit everywhere .whether passing ,running ,heading ,one touch hit wth left foot or right foot.how many same tym through ball he has made wth d hell whch i hav'nt seen Messi doing.

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si8808 Level 1
Who cares...

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Ngalonde Level 4
@Diabloo, which CR7 r u talking about who is not a team player? Stop smoking grass boy..

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MBU_KA_H Level 1
Whoever says CR7 is not a team player clearly does not watch R.M play

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Diabloo Level 1
2nyt madrid wl murder valencia nd thy wl complain abt reff cr7 wl score yet anada goal ds yr

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Diabloo Level 1
dz cr7 play tenis or golf?coz dz r sm of da sports cr7 cn b a solo play since hez nt a team playa lol

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El_kasico Level 4
Ronaldo isnt a team player? Nxa some ppl. . . Mayb we nt tlkin ab the same player here, hell mayb we nt even tlkin ab the same sport!

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inja_ye_life Level 1
No @tira da world knws he is da G.O.A.T dat is y he is a 4tym Ballon winner somethin dat other players we knw won't win it again gud example is Ronaldo he won't do it EVER#teamMessi#

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Hlubzin Level 2
Messi is the G.O.A.T

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Tira Level 2
"messi is the G.O.A.T" lol mxm. Only barca fans would call him the G.O.A.T.

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Tira Level 2
"ppl r busy here saying Cr7 z nt a team playa whoever says dat z a moron dz Cr7 play alone"? - Diabloo. I lyk, I lyk...

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inja_ye_life Level 1
Lol Dankie @kingdom25

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