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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he could have played for Arsenal had things panned out differently in the early years of his career.
The forward who played for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 has revealed that Arsenal scouted him prior to his move to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson swooped for Ronaldo’s signature after the winger’s old team Sporting Lisbon defeated Man Utd in a friendly in 2003.
The 31 year old was a star in that match and he has revealed it was the Friendly that convinced him to move to Old Trafford even though Arsenal had already made enquiries about his services.
“Yes, it was not planned that United would be my team,” Ronaldo told Spanish publication Marca, as quoted by The Express.
“Other clubs like Arsenal, Valencia, and Inter had enquired about me but we played against United and the rest is history.”
Ronaldo went on to win three Premier League titles, One Champions League title and a Ballon d’or award during his time at Old Trafford, a period where we only managed to win just one Premier League title.
One cannot deny the fact that Ronaldo was a big miss but would he have made any difference at Arsenal? His time at Manchester United was the period when we lost most of our stars to rival clubs and I don’t think there was any chance that the Portuguese would have stayed to achieve things with us during that tough time if he had joined us earlier.
Despite the kind of player he turned out to be, I think Ronaldo wouldn’t have made any much difference in our squad, just look at Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie. The left us for other teams without making any significant impact in terms of helping us win titles.
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