Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon, but the story might have been very different, the Portuguese superstar has revealed.
In a recent interview on ITV with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo discussed that he was very close to joining Arsenal instead of Manchester United back in 2003, and even had a conversation with then manager Arsene Wenger.
“It’s true. (I came) very close, one step away. Incredible. They’re a fantastic club.
“It didn’t happen, but I appreciate what they did for me, especially Arsene Wenger.
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“You know football, you never know where you’re going to play. The life is like that.”
“It’s part of my sacrifice, my obsession to win, to have success. When I say success, I have worked for that. Talent is not enough, I dedicate so much that this is part of me, records are part of me.”
“I don’t follow the records, the records follow me. I’m addicted to the success, and I don’t think it’s something bad, I think it’s good. It motivates me. If you’re not motivated, it’s better to stop.”
As it turned out, CR7 made it to United instead, and emerged as a world beater under Sir Alex Ferguson, eventually moving on to Real Madrid and now Juventus.