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ARSENE WENGER has revealed he almost signed up Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Arsenal boss said: “Ronaldo is a great player and yes, we had him here and
were very close to signing him, he could tell you this if he wants.

“But Manchester United had the partnership with Sporting Lisbon back then
because Carlos Queiroz came in and tied up that link.

"That was the difference. One day, I will tell you more about the story and I am
sure you will all be very surprised.â€

Wenger gave Ronaldo a tour of Arsenal's training ground at London Colney — but
the Portuguese star opted to join Queiroz and Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

United signed Ronaldo, who is 23 on Tuesday, for £12.25million from Sporting
Lisbon in 2003.
 

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whew! Carlos Queiroz to the rescue.Who knows how it could have turned out? if he was playing at arsenal in the form that he's in?scary,eh
 

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I cannot understand why Wenger would want to reveal such a small item of news at this time. What with Reals reported interest, then lack of interest, now Arsenal - could this be subtefuge by an agent to undermine Uniteds hold on what is now the hottest property in world football?

Ronaldo is by far the most valuable asset on the planet and I am worried that he is being "got at" in a very suptle way with "snippets" of publicity being leaked on average once a week. Players read these things and think "I can get X, Y or Z if I move!!"
 

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and if my aunt had a set of balls shed be my uncle . many players do the rounds before settling on a club . Sometimes they even sign kiddie forms .We had david platt and andy cole as young uns then they thought no chance they would make the grade .

if wenger thought he was going to turn out as good as he has he would have moved heaven and earth to get him signed on .
 

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What do he want to reach with this? Unnecessary to even tell. We almost had Ronaldinho for example and we dont brag about that. Answer on his reavling - We beat you to the punch you jerk.
 

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Arsene stop with the mind games, you will never beat our fergie at them,

He would not be at Arsenal now they would have sold him to rail madrid long ago to fund there shite new stadium
 

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alto10 said:
Arsene stop with the mind games, you will never beat our fergie at them,

He would not be at Arsenal now they would have sold him to rail madrid long ago to fund there shi'te new stadium
Dont bring religion into it ;)
 
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What a bargain

C Ronaldo 12.25million. He's an amazing player. Unmarkable, a nightmare for any defender. If you stick two defenders on him, you create room for Rooney, Tevez, Giggs. What a dilemma for the other managers. I take my hat off to Scholsey who's classey return shows that he's still a world class midfielder.... Then GIGGS what can I say!!!! This years potential is the most exciting I've known and I was at old trafford back in 1985! Let's hope there's no slip ups...
 

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Its their loss, if its true. I don't believe he would be as good as he is now, if he had gone there.
Thank goodness we have Carlos Quieroz.
 
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