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Ronaldinho: Why I Snubbed Man Utd

Ronaldinho: Why I Snubbed Manchester United

By Kurt Buckerfield - Mar 27, 2018 09:58 AM @KurtLaduma

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, who reached superstar status at FC Barcelona after he joined the club in 2003, has revealed why he really snubbed Manchester United that year.

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United supporters were disappointed when the skilful playmaker chose the Catalan giants over the Red Devils in the early 2000s.

Ronaldinho’s decision paid off as to he took his career to new heights with his switch from Paris Saint-Germain to the Blaugrana, and the now retired Brazilian has said it was because of ex-Barca president Sandro Rosell that he did not join United.

"It almost happened with United," he told FourFourTwo.

"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. 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."

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Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards during his time at Barca, scoring 94 goals and assisting 71 strikes in 207 games for the club.

Would you have liked to see the Brazilian in England? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Munangwangwa Mar 27, 2018 06:32 PM
For me he's the greatest followed by the king cr
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Ant_55 Mar 27, 2018 01:28 PM
Just look at those numbers..... At the very highest level that is just brilliant!
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Golden Boots Mar 27, 2018 01:26 PM
Yeah! You made a wise decision there champ!
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Chiefester Mar 27, 2018 12:06 PM
He could make the ball talk. It was a pleasure to watch him play. He will remain one of the greatest to ever play the game.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 27, 2018 11:55 AM
U love Barca and we love Brazilians......Barcelona is your second home
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Matayitayi Mar 27, 2018 11:51 AM
The great no 10 of 21st century
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leendomint Mar 27, 2018 10:17 AM
He was the best...
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Faysal Mar 27, 2018 10:16 AM
Kick and run English football

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