Sir Alex Ferguson Attempted To Persuade Barcelona To Sign Cristiano Ronaldo Ahead Of Real Madrid
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on October 14, 2016
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly asked Barcelona to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Real Madrid, in an attempt to maintain his authority.
The Portuguese forward signed for Real Madrid back in 2009, in what was then a world record transfer fee, totaling £80million. Manchester United and Real Madrid’s relationship has never been on the best terms, with the Spanish side repeatedly swooping in for United’s key players, year in, year out and it seems Sir Alex was keen on preventing another star player jetting off to Madrid. According to AS, Ferguson tried to prevent Ronaldo’s transfer to Madrid by pitching his player to Barcelona.
The 31-year-old’s unhappiness was widely broadcasted, even by the man himself. Despite his manager publicly suggesting he wasn’t going anywhere, Ronaldo added fuel to the fire by revealing “Everyone knows that I love Spain. I’d like to play there one day”. According to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Ballague, Real Madrid were the only club that Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t want his number 7 to join, quoting “anyone but Real Madrid”.
“Seeing that he couldn’t persuade Cristiano to stay [at United], he made contact with Barcelona to encourage them to bid,” Balague said. “Anyone but Real Madrid. But Cristiano had made up his mind about where he wanted to go.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s attempt had failed and in 2016, seven years later, Ronaldo has made himself a footballing icon by both Madrista’s and in world football. Madrid’s number seven has three Ballon d’Or’s and is favorite to win his fourth after winning both the Champions League and Euro 2016. The Portugal captain regularly links himself with a return to Old Trafford, but it looks far off as he looks set to finish his career at the Bernabéu.