Barcelona candidate Joan Laporta: I turned down Ronaldo before he joined Man Utd


Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta admits turning down the chance to sign Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Laporta is going for the Barca presidency for a second time.

And he recalled an offer he had in 2003, "We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez. The agent of the Mexican defender offered us to sign a player called Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He was playing for Sporting CP at that time. He told us: 'I've already sold him to Manchester United for €19, but you can sign him for €17m.'

"We refused the offer as we had already signed Ronaldinho and I have no regrets."

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