The deal that Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United almost did not happen

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Arsenal failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as an 17-year-old because of the club’s plans to build the Emirates Stadium, according to a new biography of the Portuguese superstar’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

Ronaldo was just 17 when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made his move to bring the Portuguese starlet to north London, with one of the rising stars of European football impressing during a week-long trial with the Gunners as he plotted his move away from Sporting Lisbon.

Arsène Wenger has said that missing out on Ronaldo before he joinedManchester United from Sporting Lisbon is the biggest regret of his career, especially because he spent a week-long trial at Arsenal.

Wenger previously stated that his failure to sign Ronaldo is “the biggest regret” of his coaching career and it seems the chance to complete the deal did, indeed, slip through the fingers of Arsenal and their then vice-chairman David Dein.

The comments from Mendes are printed in a new book being released with his approval and support, with the quotes appearing in the Daily Mail suggesting Arsenal and the now departed Dein were initially ahead of United in the queue to sign Ronaldo. The expense of their move to Emirates Stadium was the apparent reason the deal was scuppered.

“There was a moment in which I really thought he was going to Arsenal,” Mendes is quoted as saying as he reflected on Ronaldo’s first major transfer.

“David Dein is a spectacular person but, with the construction of their stadium, they were left with very little money and it wasn’t possible.”

Ronaldo is also quoted in the book as he looks back on his flirtations with Arsenal and said: “We were travelling by car and Jorge was calling us constantly telling me to hide so no one would see me. We went to a service station and I had to hide my face. I remember back then that Jorge was going crazy, those were Jorge’s craziest days.”

In the end, it was Manchester United who won the race to sign Ronaldo, with Mendes suggesting the influence of Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson was crucial to a move that launched the career of one of the most successful players of the modern era.

“The only person key to everything was Alex Ferguson,” added the agent, who also represents Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “He told me that Cristiano was going to play at least 50 percent of the games for Manchester United and that’s what I wanted to hear. That’s why Cristiano went to Manchester United.”

Ronaldo joined United for a reported fee of just over 12 million pounds in 2003, before emerging as one of the world’s elite players and moving to Real Madrid for a world record 80 millions pounds in 2009.

Earlier in the week, Wenger confirmed he narrowly missed out on signing current United star Angel Di Maria as he looked to make a move to European football.

Martin Odegaard thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is stronger than Lionel Messi

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New Real Madrid signing Martin Odegaard believes Cristiano Ronaldo “is the best player in the world right now.”

The Norwegian prodigy spoke during his unveiling to the Spanish press on Friday, a press conference that saw him immediately asked to choose between Ronaldo and his Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Nicholas Rigg of AS provided the 16-year-old’s response:

Odegaard: Messi or Ronaldo question… “So far Ronaldo”#realmadrid

Odegaard: “Difficult to single one (Madrid player to look up to) but Cristiano is the best in the world right now” #realmadrid

Cristiano Ronaldo disguised himself as a homeless man to surprise a young Real Madrid fan

Cristiano Ronaldo swapped his football kit for fancy dress to give a young fan an unexpected surprise.

The Portuguese forward was filmed in the centre of Madrid in disguise – his costume featuring baggy clothing, a wig and stick-on moustache. Ronaldo has been seen in a different light after just casually appearing in the city center wearing a mustache and a wig to surprise a young Real Madrid fan. In the video below you can see the shock and wonder in the child’s eyes, in addition to hearing the amazement of the crowd that was looking on.

While some people always expect their superstar athletes to act superior to the world, this video is clear proof that Ronaldo is not one of those people and he also has one of the best sense of humor’s of any star athlete walking the planet today.

Ronaldo’s star-studded Real Madrid sit one point clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table, with a game in hand. Now that we are getting down to the business end of the season it’s nice to see that the superstar still has time for his fans.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play until he is 40

Three time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed that he would love to play until the age of 40.

The 29-year-old is La Liga’s top goalscorer so far this season, and won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or title on Monday night.

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Ronaldo was talking to FIFA’s official website after his Ballon d’Or win, saying that if his body allowed it he would love to play up until a ripe old age.

“Well, yes, it’s conceivable but, as I said, it’s a case of seeing how I feel year after year, how motivated I am and if I’m still useful to my team like in the past,” he said.

“As for going on until 40, if I want to play until then I will, though I might be dragging myself around by then, but while I’m playing to an acceptable standard to me and at a level my fans and club deserve then I want to continue.

“Honestly, though, it’s not something I’m thinking about yet.”

The Portuguese also mentioned that he may be 29-years-old at the moment, but feels at least four years younger, and that’s why he thinks he can play for years to come.

“I’m 29 now but I feel great, like I’m still 25 (laughs)! I think I can play on for another five, six or seven years at a high level. Beyond that, we’ll have to see.” He added.

Ronaldo has scored 33 goals in all competitions this season and has assisted in a further 17 so far.

Ronaldo has also been one of the main catalysts for the transformation that Real Madrid has gone through in the past years. The GestiFute owner remarked that even though the Merengues have always been a powerhouse both in Spain and in Europe, when Ronaldo got transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, it was Barcelona who were still dominating the sport pretty much in every aspect of the game.