Brazilian ace Ronaldinho has revealed why he signed for Barcelona when Manchester United came calling during his playing days.
The Brazilian was close to signing for the Red Devils from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003, only for him to secure a move to Barcelona instead.
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“It almost happened with United," Ronaldinho 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. It was only a matter of details with United when Rosell called to say he was going to win the elections there. And I had promised to him that I'd play for Barça… It was a quick negotiation.
“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.”
Ronaldinho won five titles with Barcelona and won several individual awards during his time at the Camp Nou.