Portugal and Manchester United star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he was close to signing for bitter rivals Manchester City last year but was told not to by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson . Ronaldo said Ferguson persuaded him to join United, who had not won a league title since the former retired in 2013. Ronaldo joined United from Juventus, signing a two-year deal. During his first stint with the club, Ronaldo won eight major trophies, including three in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.
“Well, honestly, it was close… It’s something they talked about [about] a lot and [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola said two weeks ago, I guess, they tried very hard to get me,” Ronaldo said on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Ronaldo said Ferguson’s intervention was the reason he joined the club, adding he was “surprised” after learning Manchester City had tried to sign him.
“But as you know, as my story [was] at Manchester United, your heart, your feeling… make the difference. And of course also Sir Alex Ferguson. I was surprised… But it was a conscious decision. Because the heart speaks, speaks loudly at that moment. I think that was the key. That was the difference then, but I can’t be loyal if I do, I wouldn’t say Manchester City weren’t close,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo further added that he doesn’t regret joining Manchester United.
“I talked with him [Ferguson]… He said to me: ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’. And I say, ‘OK, Boss’. So I made the decisions and… it was a good decision,” he added.
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