A former leader of the Barcelona revealed the unusual reason why not bought Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003

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Cristiano Ronaldo was among the options of signing of Barcelona (Reuters)
Cristiano Ronaldo was among the options of signing of Barcelona (Reuters)

It seems incredible, but it is not. The Barcelona was to a step to form perhaps the best model of all time with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messibut the destiny wanted that the gunner Portuguese play for the Manchester United and then become a legend Real Madrid. What was it that happened?

Who brought to light this unknown episode was Robert Fernandez, former technical secretary of the Catalan club who at that time worked for the Valencia and had travelled to Portugal to see some promising young Sporting Lisbon. The two players most prominent of that team were nothing less than Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma, who had called the attention of several clubs in Europe.

“I met with Jorge Mendes (agent) in a hotel after the game; I remember that Christian did very well that day and that Quaresma was also very good, the truth. Had a ‘scouter’ (hunting talents) Barca that day also, I don’t remember exactly who, and talking with him we discussed how good they were both.”

At that time, within the campus of the Barcelona had players like Ronaldinho, Javier Saviola, Patrick Kluivert, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Edgar Davids, among others, and they needed a winger with ability goleadora: “But in the end they decided on Quaresma” told Fernandez in dialogue with Superdeporte.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma shared the various parties in the selection of Portugal (Reuters)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma shared the various parties in the selection of Portugal (Reuters)

The leadership of a Catalan made a serious error because Quaresma played just 28 games and scored a goal until he was transferred to Porto. While Ronaldo signed for Manchester United and in a couple of seasons he became the best player in the world. In addition, this decision prevented that CR7 was mate Lionel Messi, who by then was a squad but that years later he would acquiesce in the 11 titular in the whole barca.

As this decision revealed by the former leader there are hundreds more, as for example in 2008, when Barcelona announced that Josep Guardiola as a coach. In those times there were several members of the board of directors that they would rather have Jose Mourinho, who led Chelsea and had already shown great qualities as a technical director in the Premier League and Porto. Finally, the Portuguese ended up at Inter Milan, where he won a Champions League, and later he was hired by Real Madrid.

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