Cristiano Ronaldo Speaks Out About Being “Shocked” When Manchester City Tried To Sign Him
Portugal and Manchester United star striker Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he was close to signing for bitter rivals Manchester City last year, but former manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked him not to. Ronaldo said Ferguson persuaded him to re-join United, who have not won a league title since the former’s retirement in 2013. Ronaldo re-joined United from Juventus, penning a two-year deal. During his first spell with the club, Ronaldo won eight major trophies, including three Premier League and one Champions League triumph.
“To be honest, it was a close call… They talked about it a lot, and [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola mentioned two weeks ago, I believe, that they tried really hard to get me “According to Ronaldo on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Ronaldo stated that Ferguson’s intervention was the reason he returned to the club, adding that he was “surprised” to learn that Manchester City had attempted to sign him.
“But, as you know from my time at Manchester United, your emotions, your feelings… make all the difference. And, of course, Sir Alex Ferguson. I was taken aback… But that was a deliberate choice. Because the heart speaks loudly in that moment. It was, I believe, the deciding factor. It was the difference at the time, but I couldn’t be loyal, and I wouldn’t claim Manchester City wasn’t close “According to Ronaldo.
Ronaldo further added that he doesn’t regret re-joining Manchester United
“I talked to him [Ferguson]… ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City,’ he told me. ‘OK, Boss,’ I say. So I made the decision, and it was a good one “He continued.