Juventus Were Not the Only Team Eyeing Cristiano Ronaldo

Published 11/30/2018, 8:23 AM EST

When Cristiano Ronaldo jumped ship from Real Madrid to Juventus, it stunned the football world. However, according to some sources, he could have been responsible for a mass fan meltdown.

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The Portuguese star was always destined to leave Los Blancos. This was despite the fact that he lead them to yet another European Cup victory. Among the suitors was former club, Manchester United who hoped for a return for the Portuguese legend.

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But the Red Devils were not alone in trying to woo him before Juve made their decisive move.

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According to former AC Milan chief Massimiliano Mirabelli to Spanish media, the Rossoneri had a deal in place. However, that lasted until an ownership issue pulled the plug on that notion.

“It was an operation that came to mind and we spoke with Jorge Mendes (his agent),” Mirabelli told Sport.

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“We knew he could have problems with Real Madrid, we also talked about the contract and we did everything, but then the Chinese owner blocked the agreement because it was not sustainable

“With the current owners Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a Rossonero player.”

If his Real Madrid did not stun anyone, the likelihood of joining the under-performing Milan definitely would have.

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Finally, Ronaldo picked Door number 3, Juventus. Admittedly, he got off to a shaky start but has been in great form for his new side since then. Meanwhile, Real Madrid have largely struggled without him.

Could Ronaldo really have gone to AC Milan if Juve hadn’t thrown it’s hat in the ring?

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Dhruv George

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