Former Real Madrid President Calderon says Ronaldo Rejected Chance to Join Barca

Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Juventus football legend played for Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018, before his transfer to the Italian club. He joined Real Madrid after his €96 mln buyout from Manchester United. However, it turns out that the famous Portuguese maestro was offered another lucrative proposition before Italian move, which he turned down.

Manchester United wanted to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona between 2007 and 2008, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon revealed to Al Mayadeen in an interview.

According to Calderon, Alex Ferguson who coached the English club did not want to lose the star player, especially to rival Real Madrid.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo was adamant about his decision to join the Spanish club and his proposed move to Barcelona never gained traction.

"Barcelona was delighted with that opportunity, but Cristiano Ronaldo was very clear he wanted to go to Real Madrid", Calderon concluded.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who spent nine seasons at  Real Madrid and became its all-time top goal scorer. He is also the captain of the Portuguese national team, which won the Euro 2016 final against host nation France. Since 2018, he has been playing for Italian champions  Juventus.

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