The picture of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo shaking and Zlatan Ibrahimovic finishing was almost drawn.
The Sun reported on the 18th (Korean time), “In 2009, Manchester United wanted Ronaldo to go to Barcelona instead of Real Madrid.”
After leaving Sporting Lisbon to join Manchester United in 2003, Ronaldo developed into one of the best players in the world under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo, who played as a winger when he was a youngster, transformed into a wing-forward at Manchester United and emerged as the team’s top ace in the 2007/08 season, winning his first Premier League top scorer.
He was also the top scorer in the UEFA (European Football Federation) Champions League this season and won the Ballon d’Or, which is given to the world’s best player, and the FIFA (International Football Federation) Player of the Year.
Ronaldo, who played for Manchester United until the 2008/09 season, headed to Real Madrid, setting a world transfer record at the time. Since then, he has delighted the eyes of soccer fans around the world while forming a rivalry with Lionel Messi, who represents Barcelona.
But news broke that Ronaldo and Messi were close to becoming teammates rather than rivals. The Sun explained, “When Ferguson decided to leave the team, he desperately wanted to block Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid.”
He added, “Ferguson chose Barcelona as the only team that could compete with Real Madrid. It was found out that he actually offered Ronaldo to Barcelona, but Ronaldo had already decided to move to Real Madrid.”
The media released the 2009/10 season Barcelona best 11 assuming when Ronaldo joined.
At the time, Barcelona acquired Zlatan Ibrahimovic by adding a transfer fee to Samuel Eto’o. A picture could be drawn of Messi and Ronaldo stirring and Ibrahimovic finishing.
If you look at the roster released by the media, the roster was made as 4-2-3-1, not Barcelona’s traditional 4-3-3.
The goalkeeper was Victor Valdes, and the back four were Eric Abidal, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Dani Alves.
Instead of Sergio Busquets as a defensive midfielder, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez were placed in a double pivot, with Thierry Henry on the left, Messi in the center and Ronaldo on the right.
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