Barcelona rejected chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for €17m & I don’t regret it – Laporta

“One of his agents said that they had a player who they had sold to [Manchester] United for 19 million, but they’d sell him to us for 17 million.

“But we had already invested in Ronaldinho at the time. Cristiano played more out wide than in the centre. We thought we were covered, so we rejected him and I don’t regret it.”

Despite Barca seemingly shunning the chance to sign Ronaldo, former Brazil international Ronaldinho enjoyed considerable success with the Catalan giants, while he also helped mentor Messi at the time of his emergence in the first team.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, would go on to complete a switch to Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson before being granted a switch to Real Madrid.

During his time in Spain, Ronaldo became Madrid’s record scorer and helped them win two league titles and four Champions League trophies, among many other personal and team accolades.

He has since claimed two Serie A titles with Juve although it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to secure a third in the 2020-21 season, with Andrea Pirlo’s side currently fourth in the table, seven points behind leaders AC Milan but with a game in hand.