Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake since he joined the English side was just revealed today by Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent who shed some light regarding the star player’s move to Manchester United.
According to Jorge Mendes, Arsenal were the first to eye Ronaldo (like they usually are with talented young players), but lost the player in favor of Manchester United because they were too slow to react (again, like they usually are).
“I remember what happened to Ronaldo at Arsenal,” Mendes said.
“They watched him nine or ten times, and when everything seemed decided, then Manchester United played at the inauguration of the Alvaladze Stadium (Sporting Lisbon) and the players themselves urged Ferguson to buy him.”
Throughout the years we got accustomed with different players being within touching distance of a move to Arsenal, and then become all star players while playing for other clubs. It happened with Yaya Toure, with Ibrahimovic, and we just found out that it happened with Milan’s El Shaarawy as well before Milan got him.
When we thought that things couldn’t possible get any more disastrous, they just did! Just imagine what Arsenal would have looked like in 2003 with Henry, Pires and all the other stars and with a player of Ronaldo’s skills at 18 years of age.