Wenger admits Arsenal could have signed Messi and Ronaldo in 2003

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Wenger admits Arsenal could have signed Messi and Ronaldo in 2003

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His 22-year spell at Arsenal may have come to an end, sbobet online 24 but Arsene Wenger was left pondering what could have been after leaving the club.Reflecting back on his time in north London, Wenger revealed that the club came close to securing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during his time in charge."The obvious player [Arsenal missed out on] that comes to mind is Ronaldo," he explained. "He was here with his mother and we were very close, but then Manchester United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at the time, who was their coach. "United played against Sporting CP and Ronaldo was outstanding and they signed him."There is always something you could have done differently, but the problem of negotiations is to know when you give in and when you don't give in. "Once we were at 4.5 million pounds, we were still in negotiations."David [Dein] met with [the agent Jorge] Mendes in Paris and he was representing Sporting CP, sbobet online 24 so we were very close, but Man United went to 12m pounds, which we could not afford."The deal was a wise investment for the Red Devils, who would go on to make a huge profit when Cristiano eventually moved on to Real Madrid in 2009.It turns out that the Gunners could have had two superstars in their side, as Lionel Messi was also of interest to Wenger."I met Cesc [Fabregas's] parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and [Gerard] Pique as well," he added. "We tried for the three but of course it didn't work out ... because of the agents. "With Messi, Barcelona didn't want to lose him of course and they made [the offer] that was needed to keep the player at the club."Years later, the duo would go on to dominate world football whilst playing for other clubs as Wenger saw his Arsenal side decline. sbobet online 24

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