One of the greatest managers in the football history, Sir Alex Ferguson was close to signing Ronaldinho for Manchester United before the Brazilian sensation joined Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003, as told by former player Quinton Fortune.Also Read - Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Live Streaming English Premier League in India: When and Where to Watch MUN vs CRY Live Stream Football Match Online on Disney+ Hotstar; TV Telecast on Star Sports
Ronaldinho became Sir Alex’s top transfer target after the striker won the World Cup with Brazil the previous summer. Later, the Samba star was invited to Manchester for a tour of the facilities, but the northern rain was to foil the move. Also Read - Manchester United vs Arsenal Live Streaming English Premier League in India: When and Where to Watch MUN vs ARS Live Stream Football Match Online on Disney+ Hotstar; TV Telecast on Star Sports
“I think we got it wrong by bringing Ronaldinho in at the wrong time of year as it was raining that day he arrived at Manchester Airport,” Fortune told ManUtd.com. Also Read - Manchester United Co-owner's Company Buys UAE T20 League Franchise
“Maybe it was summer anyway but, if we’d have timed it with the right day, it could have been a different story.
“It would have been absolutely amazing to have him here. He’s one of the greatest players ever to play football and entertained with his skill, fun and joy.
“He brought it all and it will be a great occasion for everyone to play against him and watch him [in the upcoming Legends match between Manchester United and Barcelona].
“I was very fortunate to play for South Africa against him in the Olympics in front of 72,000 fans but, when he was at Barcelona, he was a different Ronaldinho so I’m hoping we get a glimpse of that and I hope I won’t have to mark him!”
However, United was destined for the star player as Ferguson bring in one Cristiano Ronaldo that summer for a fee of £12.25m and rest is history.
Ronaldinho, however, had a good time with Barcelona as he won La Liga twice, the Champions League once and the Supercopa de Espana twice as well as a vast array of individual awards with the Catalan Giant.