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The decision that changed Messi’s career: Barcelona refused to sign Cristiano Ronaldo because of Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho was a great teacher for Lionel Messi. The Brazilian nurtured the Argentine from a young age at Barcelona, and the current club captain grew a lot under his tutelage.

But that opportunity came close to not happening, had Joan Laporta followed through on a move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez,” Laporta said in a chat with Twitter account, Iniestazo. “Marquez’s people proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting Clube at the time.

“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.

Read the full story at Marca

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