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Ronaldinho reveals the club he was close to joining before Barça

In an interview with FourFourTwo, the recently-retired Brazil star reveals the club that were 48 hours away from securing his signature, before Barça came along.

Ronaldinho reveals the club he was close to joining before Barça
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Ronaldinho became an icon at Barcelona following his arrival from PSG in 2003. Yet had it not been for the intervention of Sandro Rosell, the Brazilian’s career could have taken a very different path.

Ronaldinho 48 hours from Manchester United

“It almost happened with [Manchester] United,” the 38-year-old told FourFourTwo, “It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: “If I become Barça president, will you come?” I said yes.”

Vinicius Junior and Ronaldinho.

“It was only a matter of details with United when Rosell called to say he was going to win the elections there,” Ronaldinho added.

And I had promised to him that I’d play for Barça… It was a quick negotiation.”

No Barcelona regrets

The playmaker, who also went on to play for AC Milan, has no regrets about his decision.

“I told the English I had chosen Barça. It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barça. We have a history there. Off the pitch it is like nowhere else in Europe, so we are always happy playing there. I miss Barcelona a lot. I had five fantastic seasons there, at a club that likes strikers and talented players.”