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Juve and Real were fighting for Diego Ribas

32-year-old Flamengo attacking midfielder Diego Ribas has admitted he had a chance to join Real Madrid and Bayern Munich back in 2009

The Brazil international had the chance of joining some of Europe’s biggest teams after 3 seasons with Werder Bremen, and he opted to move to Juventus, saying he felt that was the best choice. Ribas is now playing for Flamengo, since he left Turkish side Fenerbahce last year.

The 32-year-old had lit up the Bundesliga by scoring 38 goals during his 3 seasons with Werder Bremen, where he made a name for himself as one of the most creative playmakers in Europe that time.

And of course, he didn’t have to wait for too long before Europe’s elite clubs came knocking, with Juventus ultimately winning the battle for his signature. The Brazilian has now opened up about him having the opportunity to join Bayern Munich in 2009, besides earning the interest of Spanish titans Real Madrid.

“Back then [in 2009] I had a dream offer from Bayern – it was even better than the one from Juventus. And even Real Madrid wanted me. We had talks,” Ribas told SportBild.

The Brazil international turned down offers from Spain and Germany, to join Italian champions Juventus, and Ribas says he listened to recommendations from his fellow Brazil team-mates, resulting in him making the switch to the Italian top-flight.

“Juventus contacted me three times at the end of my seasons in the Bundesliga and everyone, from Ronaldo to the Brazilians already playing there, raved about Juve and the football in Italy,” Ribas said.

In addition to talking about his past, and how it could have turned out for him, the Brazilian also talked about his time in Wolfsburg, praising the club and their fans.

“Wolfsburg are a good club – the people are friendly and that’s why Wolfsburg will always be a part of my life,” Ribas concluded.