5. Ronaldinho to Manchester United
A 23-year-old Ronaldinho had Europe’s biggest clubs chasing his signature in 2003 following his rise to stardom for Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain.
Leading the charge was Manchester United, who were keen to sign him up as David Beckham’s replacement.
However, Barcelona eventually won the race.
While Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson pinned the whole thing on Peter Kenyon.
“There was a problem with his brother, who was his agent, but Peter Kenyon, who was chief executive then, didn’t get the job done,” said Fergie.
Ironically, Ronaldinho was actually Barcelona’s second-choice in 2003 behind Beckham.
But when the Englishman signed up for Real Madrid instead, the Blaugrana didn’t waste a second longer in signing Ronaldinho.
Manchester United, meanwhile, took an 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon instead.
Ronaldinho to Manchester United back in 2003? If only it hadn’t been raining… 😂 pic.twitter.com/DqMjesqqBn
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 26, 2017