Amedeo Carboni recounts the time when Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to join Valencia but the transfer could never go through.
Cristiano Ronaldo evolved into one of the most lethal players in the world as he formed a deadly partnership with Wayne Rooney during their Manchester United days.
The pair had a healthy relationship for the most part, but tension started to boil up between them after a controversial World Cup incident.
Ronaldo winked as Rooney was sent off in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final clash between England and Portugal.
Vandals made life hard for him thereafter as he emerged into a figure of hate. Ronaldo, however, saw no wrongdoings on his part and felt a lack of support from his team.
As a result, he then publicized his intention against continuing playing for Man United while expressing his admiration for La Liga.
This prompted several La Liga teams to take their chances in luring the Portuguese, and former sporting director Amedeo Carboni recently revealed that Valencia was one of those teams.
“I arrived at the right time, Valencia was the city that benefited most from this economic, social and sporting ‘boom’,” Carboni told Il Posticipo.
“We had found the financial resources to get him, we had made arrangements with Nike and Coca Cola – the player’s sponsors.
“Ronaldo at that time was already earning 10 million net a year, a lot for a club like Valencia. Then we reached the stage where Cristiano had argued with Manchester United. In 2006-07 Valencia was experiencing a ‘boom’ and I had his ‘yes’ to sign him.”