By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline
Published: 14:35 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 14:35 GMT, 13 January 2021
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has fascinatingly revealed how the club turned down the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for just £15million in 2003.
In the summer of 2003, Ronaldo left boyhood club Sporting Lisbon for Manchester United - where he became a household name - before becoming the best player alongside Lionel Messi in world football at Real Madrid.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
However, things could have turned out very differently for Ronaldo, with Laporta - who had just begun his reign as Barca president - claiming he could well have been team-mates with his great rival Messi, if it wasn't for the club already investing their money elsewhere.
Cristiano Ronaldo became a superstar after joining Sir Alex Ferguson's Man United in 2003
Joan Laporta has revealed Barcelona turned down the chance to sign Ronaldo back in 2003
'We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez,' Laporta said during an interview with
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