Manchester United star midfielder and newly crowned European Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he was on the brink of signing for Premier League club Arsenal in 2003.
The 23-year old Portuguese international winger has confirmed that in 2003, when he signed for Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Man United, he was actually contemplating of signing for the Gunners.
Ronaldo admitted, “I was just an inch away from signing for Arsenal. I saw Arsene Wenger three times with my mother. It was very close to being a done deal. Really, we were within touching distance.
“Wenger remains someone that I still have immense esteem for and my mum feels the same way. After I signed for United she and I were sitting watching a Premier League game on television and she yelled out ‘I know that guy – I liked him!'”
But Ronaldo’s mom has let slip another cap out of the bag. Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro has admitted that her youngest child could have become a drug-addict!
She said,”The teacher wanted me to tell him off. But I didn’t punish him. He had to practice a lot to be a great footballer. If Cristiano hadn’t have become a professional footballer, he would have been lost. He would have certainly become a drug addict or something terrible like that.”
So Ronaldo didn’t turn out to be a drug addict and he didn’t sign for Arsenal. Good for Manchester United and good for football.