Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has expressed his rgeret for not signing Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo during his stay at the North London club, saying that the Portuguese would have changed the history of Arsenal football Club.
The Frenchhman said this as he named players he regretted not signing for the Gunners during a Q&A with Arsenal fans .
Recall that Ronaldo has previously admitted that he came ‘within an inch’ of moving to the North London club before he joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon for £12.2 million in 2003.
he later went on establish himself as one of the world’s best players under former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and won eight major trophies during his six seasons at Old Trafford.
Nonetheless, Wenger believes Ronaldo’s career would have followed the same trajectory had he joined Arsenal.
When asked to name the one player he wished he had signed for Arsenal, Wenger replied, “I nearly signed Ronaldo and I think that would have changed the history of Arsenal Football Club.”
“The Ronaldo story was very, very close.
“Messi as well, because we were interested in him.”
“When Fabregas came here we asked Messi and Pique to join as well, that didn’t work,” said Wenger.