The former Barcelona president admits that in 2003 the Portuguese star is very near to Join the Catalan squad.


In 2003 the Catalan side made approach for the Cristiano Ronaldo and they very close to sign him in that time but the Portuguese star chose to join the EPL side Manchester United over Barcelona at that moment.

The Spanish politician and the Former Barcelona president in his first year at Barcelona he tries t bring the attacker to the Camp Nou ,in his first year he tries to capture him for the club but he did not get  the success.


The former Barcelona president expresses that: "We had signed Ronaldinho, [Rafael] Marquez and [Ricardo] Quaresma,"

"We were in a process of reconstruction throughout the whole club. [Ronaldo] was at Sporting at the time, before Manchester United, and we were speaking with his agent who wanted to sell us Deco.

"We said that we couldn't because we weren't able to [spend that much at the time], so he told us he had another really good kid.

"It was Ronaldo. He had a deal with United for €19 million, but we were offered him for €17m."

After that approach the Barcelona side brings another Portuguese player Deco in their squad and Ronaldo joins the Manchester United squad and there he played several years and in 2009 he joined the Real Madrid side.

And lastly the Former president told the best player in the history of the football is t is Messi not Ronaldo.

He voiced: "I think [Lionel Messi] is the best player in the history of football,"

"There are others with great quality, but Leo is above the rest. He has natural talent, goals, he's a leader... he has it all. And on top of that, he's humble with it."