Ronaldinho: Why I Snubbed Man Utd
Ronaldinho: Why I Snubbed Manchester United
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.
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."
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.
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