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Barcelona REJECTED the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for £15m in 2003 before he joined , reveals Joan Laporta... and he insists he has no 'regret' not teaming him up with great rival Lionel Messi Joan Laporta has opened up on Barcelona being offered Cristiano Ronaldo But Barcelona turned him down for just £15m as they had invested elsewhere Laporta has since admitted that he doesn't regret the decision to reject Ronaldo The young Sporting Lisbon star then went onto sign for   Ronaldo went onto become the best player in the world along with Lionel Messi 

By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

Published: 14:35 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 14:35 GMT, 13 January 2021

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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   - where he became a household name - before becoming the best player alongside Lionel Messi in world football at .

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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

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

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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