Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Revealed! How Ronaldo's Juventus Move Collapsed

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly came close to joining Juventus in 2003, but the Bianconeri were unable to complete the deal because Marcelo Salas refused to move to Sporting Lisbon in a swap deal.
Alessandro Moggi, son of former Juventus general director Luciano and president of football management agency GEA World, told Tuttosport:
"Juventus wanted to sign him, and I travelled to Lisbon with [Ronaldo's agent] Jorge Mendes. The idea was to make a swap deal with Marcelo Salas as Juventus wanted to sell him. Trouble is, Portuguese football wasn't too interesting at the time and we didn't manage to persuade Salas to move to Portugal.

"Contracts and papers were ready, Ronaldo was happy because in that moment Juventus were one of the best teams in Europe. That day we could have changed the history of European football, maybe Ronaldo could have still been a Juventus player."

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