Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on joining Deportivo La Coruna for just £10m

Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on joining Deportivo La Coruna for just £10m

- Cristiano Ronaldo could have been a Deportivo player when he was 18-year-old

- The La Liga club were told to pay £10million for the Portuguese star by his boyhood club

- Manchester United snapped him for £12million before he joined Real Madrid for £80million

Cristiano Ronaldo could have been a Deportivo La Caruna player in the early stages of his sensational career.

The Spanish club who are now relegated into the second division were told to pay £10million by his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.

Now the Portuguese talisman has won five Ballon d'Or's and five Champions League titles as well as several league titles during his spell in England and Spain.

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Ronaldo has been regarded as one of the greatest players to ever played the game having won almost every trophy.

But former Sporting Lisbon President Augusto Lendoiro revealed that the then 18-year-old prospect was recommended to Deportivo's spoting director, Beci.

Lendoiro said: "Beci (Eduardo López Beci), the sporting director at Deportivo at that time, saw Cristiano Ronaldo play, and told us about him.

"Then we saw some of his videos when he was 17 or 18 and we asked how much he would cost.

"They asked us for 11 or 12 million euros and that was the end of the party for us, as we couldn't pay that amount."

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Manchester United benefited from Deportivo's loss as they paid £12 million for the Portuguese youngster after he mesmerized the English club in a pre-season friendly.

He won countless trophies at Old Trafford before the was sold to Real Madrid for £80million where he flourished for nine years.

Lendoiro revealed it was not as easy a decision as it seems, given that Sporting wanted double the club record fee that Deportivo had paid for World Cup winner Rivaldo.

He added: "Cristiano was a lad and we didn't know what he'd go on to do, although you could already see he was spectacular, but Manchester United came in, paid the 12 million euros and bought him".

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo's sweetheart Georgina Rodriguez has debunked rumours going the rounds that she is pregnant.

But it is understood that the 25-year-old Argentinian has gained weight by eating too much pasta. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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