This week’s Real Madrid-Juventus tie has again allowed Luciano Moggi to retell how he almost signed Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady.
“We agreed a swap deal with Sporting Lisbon between Marcelo Salas and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Moggi commented on Sphere Sports this week.
“Salas travelled to Portugal, but backed out and went to River Plate instead.
“At that moment, Manchester United came in and put an offer on the table that we did not have – a situation that forced us to end our interest.”
Moggi was Juventus’ director general for over a decade before he resigned in the summer of 2006 following the Calciopoli revelations.
Ronaldo, who will face the Bianconeri in the Champions League on Wednesday, joined United in 2003. He was sold six years later to the Spaniards for around €94m.