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Sport Wenger reveals how close Cristiano Ronaldo came to joining Arsenal

12:55  12 october  2020
12:55  12 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo are posing for a picture: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo 'had the shirt' after the club agreed a deal to sign the teenager before they were beaten to his signature by Manchester United.

The Portuguese superstar was just a teenager when he moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon for £12.5million in 2003, but the forward had held talks about signing for the Gunners.

Wenger has previously spoken of persuading the future superstar's mother about a move to Arsenal, but now he has shed light on the transfer saga - admitting Ronaldo 'had the shirt' after reaching an agreement with Sporting.

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Wenger has not returned to the sidelines since leaving Arsenal , but as of November he has brought characteristic rigour to his role as Fifa’s head How did you stay true to those principles when it came to be so difficult in football? On the other hand, maybe the closest [to that] was Cristiano Ronaldo , when he signed for Man United. Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion.

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Arsene Wenger holding a microphone: Arsene Wenger has revealed just how close Cristiano Ronaldo came to joining Arsenal in 2003 © Provided by Daily Mail Arsene Wenger has revealed just how close Cristiano Ronaldo came to joining Arsenal in 2003 Jose Kleberson, Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo are posing for a picture: He said the young star (R) 'had the shirt of Arsenal' before they were outbid by Man United © Provided by Daily Mail He said the young star (R) 'had the shirt of Arsenal' before they were outbid by Man United

When asked by the Guardian for his biggest transfer regrets, the Frenchman said: 'Oof! I would say there is not one player, there are 50!

'On the other hand, maybe the closest [to that] was Cristiano Ronaldo, when he signed for Man United.

'We had an agreement with Sporting and Man United took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo, but we had an agreement basically. He had the shirt of Arsenal, I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground!

Cristiano Ronaldo holding a football ball: Cristiano Ronaldo almost became an Arsenal player when he was at Sporting Lisbon in 2003 © Provided by Daily Mail Cristiano Ronaldo almost became an Arsenal player when he was at Sporting Lisbon in 2003 Arsene Wenger wearing a suit and tie: Wenger has rued missing out on the teenager despite having an agreement with his club © Provided by Daily Mail Wenger has rued missing out on the teenager despite having an agreement with his club

'It's one example but there were so many. The history of a big club is full of missed great players!'

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Ronaldo has gone on to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game, winning three league titles at Old Trafford and scoring 118 goals. He headed to Real Madrid for a then-record £80m in 2009 and wrote his name into the club's folklore, helping them win four Champions League titles.

He is now at Juventus and continues to excel in Serie A despite recently turning 35.

Arsenal fans have been teased for many years about the top stars they narrowly missed out on, with Wenger previously admitting the Gunners tried to sign Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique from Barcelona when they were youngsters, before settling for midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Now 35 and with Juventus, Ronaldo has become one of the greatest players of all time © Provided by Daily Mail Now 35 and with Juventus, Ronaldo has become one of the greatest players of all time

But he insists he was delighted to get the young Spaniard over the line as he was a 'brain for football', despite missing out on two players who would go on to become world class.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo came very close to signing for the Gunners before Carlos Queiroz interfered in the last minute to divert him to Manchester United. In an ITV4 documentary, Wenger said: “He was very close to coming here.

Legit.ng News ★ Cristiano Ronaldo has finally opened the lid on how close he was to joining Arsenal before Manchester United snapping him up from Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo revealed he met with former boss Arsene Wenger and was prepared to link up with the Frenchman’s star-studded side.

'I met Cesc's parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and [Gerard] Pique as well,' he said in 2018. 'We tried for the three but of course it didn't work out, but we got a gem there in Cesc and he is an exceptional player. A brain for football.'

Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 years and enjoyed a hugely successful reign, winning the Premier League three times as well as seven FA Cups.

After leaving the Emirates in 2018, he was linked with a host of top jobs before being appointed as FIFA's head of global football development, where he is in charge of overseeing training programmes and potential rule changes.

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