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'malaga Were €2m Away From Signing Teenage Cristiano Ronaldo' by Officialhorlah(m): 6:28am On Feb 13, 2020
The Portugal forward with five Ballons d'Or to his
name almost joined the Spanish club before moving
to Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo was almost signed by Malaga as a
teenager, according to the man in charge of their
recruitment at the time, Carlos Rincon. The Portugal star, who has gone on to win five Ballons d’Or in a career which has taken him to Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now Juventus, was spotted by Malaga’s scouts during his time in Sporting youth academy. It was a time when Ronaldo was showing many of
the attributes which would help him become one of
the best players of his generation. MORE TEAMS  Rincon and his team looked at Ronaldo in Denmark at the European Under-17 Championships in 2002,
and as a result, began a scouting process. “Cristiano was what he is now as a young man,”
Rincon told El Desmarque . “A player with a very important physical power, with a spectacular strike
of the ball. “At that time I had great confidence with the
president and everything I advised really made it
effective. “I was told to go to the big events in Europe,
America or South Africa. I had to get the phone numbers of the three best players in the
tournaments. “As soon as the championship ended I had the
phone number of the three best players. I was then
following them on television, I was not going [to
the games]. “The following week we established contact with
players and families to meet their agents and see if
we could make an offer. “Within that situation was Ronaldo,” he adds. “He
had not yet debuted in the first team of Sporting in
Lisbon, and we made an offer through Jorge
Mendes. “We had established money, we could not make
overexertion in investments. At that time we made
an offer of €1.5m and the player was worth about
€3.5m. “We could not move on because we couldn't reach
that amount. In the end good players are not
expensive, but we couldn't get there.” Many of Ronaldo’s key attributes were on show at
an early age, those which are still evident today in
his mid-thirties. Rincon also describes Alex Ferguson as Ronaldo’s
"sporting father" and believes that it was good for
the player that he eventually joined Manchester
United. “He already has his primary qualities at that age,
they already have them, then they develop or
improve tactically. “Cristiano was what he is now when he was young.
A player with a very important physical power, with
a spectacular shot, very intuitive in his way of
understanding the game with a technical quality
with the ball at the level of dribbling and
spectacular driving. “It does not surprise me what he is demonstrating
at his age, those qualities have always had them. “We acted very fast. A month or two passed and he
immediately debuted with the first team and
Manchester United arrived quickly. “Jorge has many elite-level relationships, at that
time we could no longer compete. “[Alex] Ferguson, his sporting father, became
infatuated after a friendly and deposited €18m
months after Malaga became interested. "It was the best option at that time. Cristiano is one
of the best in history.
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