Monday, 26 June 2017

Quinton Fortune: Rain Stopped Man United From Signing Ronaldinho

Bad weather in Manchester prevented United from signing Ronaldinho, claims former Red Devils star Quinton Fortune.
Once upon a time in the summer of 2003, just after selling David Beckham to Real Madrid, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on the look-out for a big-name star to replace the England legend.

And the man he had his eye on was Ronaldinho.

The Brazil international, then at Paris Saint-Germain, had just helped his country beat Germany to win the 2002 World Cup.

United completed a deal for his compatriot, Kleberson, but ended up missing out on Ronaldinho who chose to sign for Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona, simply because it was raining the day he went for transfer talks with the English club.
Quinton Fortune told Manchester United's official website: "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.

“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.

“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!"

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