Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has suggested that the club had the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for just €17m, before his move to Manchester United back in 2003.
Joan Laporta(Former Barcelona President) On Cristiano!
“When we arrived, we signed Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez and Ricardo Quaresma.
We were in a process of reconstruction. Cristiano was at Sporting CP and he was close to signing for United.
The player’s agent, who was handling Marquez and Quaresma, said ‘I’ve got another really good player who’s called Cristiano Ronaldo’.”
Cristiano Ronaldo in a Barcelona shirt?
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 1, 2016