Cristiano Ronaldo: United wanted to sell CR7 to Barcelona to spite Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo: United wanted to sell CR7 to Barcelona to spite Madrid

- Cristiano Ronaldo could have been a Barcelona player instead of Real Madrid

- Reports in Spain claim Alex Ferguson preferred Barcelona to sign Ronaldo

- Ronaldo eventually joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record fee of £80m

Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry with Lionel Messi would not have existed if Man United's plot to sell the Portuguese to Barcelona had worked out.

Real Madrid had been on trail of Ronaldo shortly after United won the Champions League in 2008 but legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson prevented the move.

But in 2009 the Portuguese superstar broke the transfer record when he joined the Santiago Bernabeu outfit for £80million.

Ferguson never wanted to sell Ronaldo to Madrid claiming the Spanish club was a virus due to the pressure mounted on the Scot to sell the 2008 Ballon d'Or winner.

According to Spanish news media outlet AS, Barcelona were the only club that could afford Ronaldo hefty price back in 2009 and United wanted to do them the favour.

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Ferguson had negotiated with Barcelona, encouraging Madrid's biggest opposition to cash-in on United's most prized possession.

But Ronaldo has set his mind on joining his dream club which made everything work against Ferguson's plans.

CR7 could have been teammates with the likes of Messi, Thierry Henry and the newly-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was bought in exchange of Samuel Eto'O and cash.

The front-three would have been the most feared attacking trio in world football with Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez playing behind them.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man United defender, packaged 20,000 clinical PPE gloves into boxes and shipped them out to doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The 22-year-old's father is from the West African nation as he spent around £10,000 to buy clinical equipment to help the fight of the global pandemic.

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Wan-Bissaka was also part of the #PlayersTogether initiative that have donated money to the NHS Charities in England.

"I’m fortunate. There are those who aren’t able to protect themselves as well or have access to certain things during this crisis.

"It’s been great to give back. I know it’s not easy out there for them so it’s only right for me to help," the Man United told The Sun.

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