Cristiano Ronaldo: Liverpool feared signing Portuguese could cause problem in dressing room

Cristiano Ronaldo: Liverpool feared signing Portuguese could cause problem in dressing room

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football stars presently playing active football in the world considering his achievements so far and the clubs he has played for in his career.

The Portugal international started his football career on the streets in his country before joining Sporting Lisbon.

It was from Sporting Lisbon that Cristiano Ronaldo made the move to Premier League giants Manchester United then under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ronaldo's career started shinning at Old Trafford thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson who gave him the chance to exhibit his talent.

But before moving to Manchester United in 2003, there are reports that Liverpool had the chance to sign the Portuguese then.

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According to the report on UK Mirror, Cristiano Ronaldo himself was expecting a move to Liverpool from Sporting Libson before Manchester United transfer landed.

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Liverpool are reported to have missed out in the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo then because they were scared that he would cause issues in the dressing room at Anfield.

Ex Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson claims he held talks with agents over a £4m deal to take Ronaldo to Anfield only for the club to miss out.

Gerard Houllier who was the manager at Anfield then was not convinced about signing Ronaldo with fears that his arrival would impact the side's wage structure and cause problems in the dressing room.

"He was being touted around everyone. Tony Henry, the former Man City midfielder, was working for Paul Stretford, who was tasked by Jorge Mendes to drum up interest in England.

“They were desperate to get Ronaldo out of Sporting and invited me over for a game. I was told the fee was £4 million but they explained that it could be paid over the course of a four-year contract so essentially it was £1 million per year,''. Phil Thompson told Athletic.

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Meanwhile, Ronaldo succeeded at Old Trafford before going on to play for Real Madrid where he won four Champions League title. He currently plays for Juventus.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Cristiano Ronaldo who currently plays for Italian giants Juventus and Portuguese national senior team has become the first person on earth to reach 200 million followers on Instagram.

This shows how the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is being loved by people in many countries of the world.

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