Agent Claims That Emirates Move Stopped Ronaldo Joining Arsenal

Would you sacrifice a stadium for Ronaldo?
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Would you sacrifice a stadium for Ronaldo?

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Agent Claims That Emirates Move Stopped Ronaldo Joining Arsenal

In his new book, super agent Jorge Mendes has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo would've gone to Arsenal, not Man United, if it weren't for their Emirates Stadium debt. This isn't the first time stories of Arsenal nearly signing the Portuguese Ballon d'Or winner have surfaced, but this account is rather different and from the horses mouth.

Initially it was thought that Sir Alex Ferguson's right hand man, Carlos Quieroz was the reason Ronaldo joined United, because of his ties to Sporting Lisbon. However, Mendes tells the story differently…

He says, "There was a moment in which I really thought he was going to Arsenal. David Dein is a spectacular person but, with the construction of their stadium, they were left with very little money and it wasn’t possible."

Mendes does go on, however, to explain that Sir Alex's assurances were key by saying, "the only person key to everything was Alex Ferguson. He told me that Cristiano was going to play at least 50 per cent of the games for Manchester United and that’s what I wanted to hear. That’s why Cristiano went to Manchester United."

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