Luciano Moggi claims Juventus had already secured Cristiano Ronaldo when Marcelo Salas ruined the deal.
The former Bianconeri director general insisted he had snapped up one of the best players in the world back in the summer of 2003.
“It’s true, we had got Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Moggi at a publicity event.
“We took Salas to Sporting Lisbon and Ronaldo had a medical in Turin. Then Salas suddenly turned down the transfer and in the end Ronaldo signed for Manchester United.”
Inter had also been in advanced negotiations for the Portuguese international before he opted for Old Trafford.
Moggi praised current Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, as “he worked with us for 12 years and proved he knew how to lead a club.
“He often talks to us and remembers when he went to the games with his Dad. He took the helm because the club wasn’t winning anymore, but with him there is a breath of fresh air.”