Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United beat Liverpool to the signing of Portuguese in 2003

Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United beat Liverpool to the signing of Portuguese in 2003

- Cristiano Ronaldo was on the verge of joining Liverpool in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon

- Liverpool chiefs are said to have agreed deal with Cristiano Ronaldo's agent then

- Manchester United went on to beat the Reds to the signing of the Portugal international

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Manchester United have been said to have gazumped fellow Premier League side Liverpool to the signing of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

Before Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003, the Portuguese footballer was in great form at Sporting Lisbon and was wanted by many European giants.

Gerard Houllier who was the handler of Liverpool then wanted to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to Anfield and the Reds thought they had agreed £4m to sign him.

According to the report on Daily Mail citing The Athletic, Liverpool chiefs traveled to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play against FC Porto then.

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The report added that Phil Thompson who was the assistant coach then at Liverpool went for dinner with Ronaldo's agent then Tony Henry in efforts to sign the Portuguese.

But to the surprise of Liverpool chiefs, Sir Alex Ferguson tripled the amount Liverpool offered and signed Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.

Phil Thompson explained below.

''I can still remember Tony's exact words. It was all very nice and relaxed. "It's £4m and it can be paid over the four years of his contract, so £1m a year".
''That seemed very reasonable. Then I asked about the salary and Tony told me it was £1m a year, net.''
Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United beat Liverpool to the signing of the Portuguese in 2003

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Fernando Santos who is the handler of the Portuguese national senior men's team has explained that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is in good condition after contracting Coronavirus.

The news about Cristiano Ronaldo being tested positive for Covid-19 broke on Tuesday evening, October 13, by the Portuguese Football Federation and he will miss next game against Sweden.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will now have to go into 10-day quarantine before doing another test for him to know his status on the deadly virus.

His club Juventus will be facing Crotone this coming Sunday in their next Serie A game in which Cristiano Ronaldo will also miss.

Even the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star is expected to miss Juventus' Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev.

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