Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry forming a superstar duo at Arsenal? As far-fetched as it sounds, Arsene Wenger nearly pulled it off.
The Portuguese ace has done it across his sublime career at Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. Five Champions League and Ballon d’Or titles, meanwhile, are just the tip of the iceberg as far as his trophy cabinet goes.
But if there is one thing that everyone loves to see its when quality is paired quality.
🗣️ "Of course I think what if, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo played with Thierry Henry, Pires, Wiltord and Bergkamp. Maybe we score 200 goals in a season!" – Arsene Wenger
𝐑𝐈𝐏 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬. ☠️ pic.twitter.com/iFKL0F19uX
— 90min (@90min_Football) October 13, 2020
And the idea of seeing Thierry Henry, a player widely regarded as one of the greatest in English football history, alongside Ronaldo at Arsenal would be enough to send a chill down any defender’s spine on any day.
“When I had Thierry, I could have signed (Cristiano) Ronaldo,” Wenger told FourFourTwo.
“Can you imagine what they could have done together?
“That makes you sweat a little bit, and I was very close to doing it. I thought it was all done.”
While holding out his index finger and thumb within a millimeter of each other to show how close he came to signing Ronaldo, the former Gunners boss added: “It was that close.
“But I would say that every club could tell you stories like that.”
This is the second time in a week now that Wenger has lamented missing out on Ronaldo.