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Ferguson wanted Ronaldo to join Barcelona not Real Madrid

Ferguson wanted Ronaldo to join Barcelona not Real Madrid

Sir Alex Ferguson personally contacted Barcelona in an attempt to stop Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid, according to a new biography of the Portugal star.

The former United manager was unimpressed by Madrid‘s courting of his prized asset, and ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography’ claims the Premier League giants wrote a letter to president Ramon Calderon asking him to stop all public overtures.

With Madrid growing ever confident of signing Ronaldo in the summer of 2008, Ferguson looked to pull Barcelona into the world-record chase but the player had already made up his mind.

“[Sir Alex] flew to Portugal to cut off Madrid’s bid directly,” Guillem Balague writes in AS. “He was clear that he wouldn’t allow his arm to be twisted. This was about much more than a transfer, it was about maintaining his authority in the eyes of the world.

“For weeks he’d pursued a Machiavellian approach of sorts, but seeing that he couldn’t persuade Cristiano to stay he made contact with Barcelona to encourage them to bid. Anyone but Real Madrid. But Cristiano had made up his mind about where he wanted to go.”

Ferguson then changed tack and looked to reach a “gentleman’s agreement” with Ronaldo’s long-time agent and friend Jorge Mendes and Madrid to delay a transfer just weeks after winning the Champions League for the second time.

Balague continues: “Ferguson sought a gentlemen’s agreement that he’d already run by Mendes. He wouldn’t let him leave this year, he said, but if he behaved well over the next twelve months, if he gave enough to the club and Madrid came back with a record fee, he wouldn’t stand in his way.”

Ronaldo eventually joined Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of £80 million in 2009.

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The Argentine pulled out of the Barça squad due to face Malaga in La Liga on Saturday due to the big news.

Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father’s hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

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“Welcome, Ciro!” Messi wrote. “Thanks to God, everything went perfectly. Mother and baby are doing really well. We are super happy.”

Barcelona announced that Messi had withdrawn from the game in Andalusia for “personal reasons” and it was later reported in the Catalan press that his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, had given birth earlier in the day.

Messi and Antonella, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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If Salah will complete a remarkable record of scoring against all the top six sides in the English Premier League this season.

The Egyptian is the joint top scorer in the division with 24 goals, which include strikes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the Red Devils the only side missing in the top-six list.

Sarah, 25, is willing to complete the haul in Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford.

Recall that the summer signing fired blank against Jose Mourinho’s side when both sides clashed in October’s draw; a tie most remembered for David De Gea’s stunning save from a Joel Matip effort.

“I remember it [De Gea’s save]. I also missed an easy chance in that game, but he is great,” Salah told Sky Sports.

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PSG forward Neymar will miss the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid after being diagnosed with a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle.

The 26 year old Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille. Statement from the club revealed that Neymar suffered “a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal”.

However, how long he would be out wasn’t disclosed.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.

 

PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.

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