first_imgCristiano Ronaldo inspired Man Utd to the Premier League and Champions League double in 2008 (Picture: Getty)‘There had been contacts with so many other teams, Valencia for example were one of them,’ Ronaldo told TVI.‘I met with Arsene Wenger and was about to go to Arsenal. I talked to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter too but after the friendly against Manchester United, who were already interested, they became even more interested and they sped up  negotiations and signed me.’Ronaldo subsequently drove United to three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008 before a world record move to Real Madrid, achieving legendary status.The 34-year-old played a pivotal role in guiding Juventus to the Scudetto during his first campaign in Turin last season and will spearhead Maurizio Sarri’s attack this year, which he tantalisingly revealed could be his last season as a professional footballer.‘Maybe I can leave my career next year, he added. ‘But I can also play up to 40 or 41.‘I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it.’More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Advertisement Comment Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he met with Arsene Wenger before snubbing Arsenal to sign for Man Utd Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Man Utd after meeting with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was on the verge of signing for Arsenal before Manchester United made a late move to hijack the deal.The Portuguese superstar confirmed he met with Arsene Wenger and was prepared to join the Frenchman’s star-studded side which was about to embark on its iconic unbeaten Premier League title-winning campaign.Despite a squad which included the likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp, all at the peak of their powers, Wenger had identified something special in a teenage Ronaldo who spoke with Wenger, discussing a potential move.Ronaldo’s spectacular display for Sporting Lisbon against United in a pre-season friendly dramatically altered the picture, however, with Sir Alex Ferguson implored to make a move for the precocious winger by the likes of Gary Neville, who had been tormented by the youngster.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 9:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisementlast_img

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