Before joining Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was offered by Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester United, according to various reports and leaks. But most sensationally, the latest rumors say he was offered to FC Barcelona at some point by his agent, Jorge Mendes.
It would have been a shocking transfer for the ex-Real Madrid star to leave Juventus for his former rivals, but the Catalans themselves soon stop the idea.
This may seem less shocking when we consider that he was close to Manchester City, the rivals of his former club Manchester United.
Still, it would have been very difficult to get it done financially if there were no other reason. The Catalans let Lionel Messi go due to problems with the salary cap. This rumor joins a long list of rumors of Ronaldo’s desperation to leave his “new challenge” in Serie A this summer.
The report states that Barcelona were not interested, just as PSG and Real Madrid declined Ronaldo’s offer to join them. That ultimately left two suitors – United and City. According to various reports, both have made an attempt to catch the striker. However, United were more decisive in offering more money and were able to reunite with the Portuguese star.
To what extent City have given Ronaldo a boost is up for debate. City manager Pep Guardiola publicly stated that he did not think his club would have hired Ronaldo, even if United had not arrested him.
What seems clear, however, is that both Manchester clubs were interested and Ronaldo strongly considered both options before opting for a reunion.
Ronaldo would end up at “Manchester United or Manchester City, both are fighting to sign me and it’s going to be closed,” he said in leaked audio.