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Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could play together... At Barça!

Published:29/03/2020 - 19:02h

Updated:14/05/2020 - 13:29h

The rivalry between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has made history in the world of football, but it could have been very different in 2009. According to the journalist Guillem Balagué, both could have played together at Barça

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The rivalry between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo carries active more than a decade, and will remain for ever in the books of history. The one of Rosario has turned into the FC Barcelona in one of the best footballers of always, and the one of Madeira planted him face in the Manchester United, in the Real Madrid and in the Juventus. The peculiar battles that both keep could be very distinct by it sucedido in the already far year 2009.

The journalist Guillem Balagué has revealed that the Argentinian and the Portuguese could coincide in the Camp Nou just before the '7' mudara to the Spanish capital. After taking the decision to close his stage in the Premier League, arrived to an understanding with the entity chaired then by Ramón Calderón, but during some very hot months, the pact was loomed and other big of Europe to the threaten.

This information situates the start of the history in the announcement of the resignation of the leader, because his mandate was marked by some indictments that, in spite of everything, never arrived to confirm . After tying to the forward, the whites had to capear two crises, that if they had burst of definite form, had given wings to his beaux. The first occurred when the program of radio 'The Crossbar' revealed the deal of the crack with the English, that left him leave by a just quantity. The agreement of confidentiality that armoured it was about to to jump by the airs.

The agent Jorge Mendes, the sportive director José Ángel Sánchez and the own Calderón had to turn off the fire that Alex Ferguson pretended desatar in Old Trafford, although the most worrisome arrived shortly after. The war of powers in Santiago Bernabéu could dress to the tip of Barcelona or carry him to the Manchester City, the others two big that had bid for doing with his services. The Catalans would have put 105 million euros on the table, whereas the 'sky blues' could have reached the 150 'kilos'.

According to Balagué, Eduardo Fernández of Blas did that it wobbled the signing in March of 2019, with a shot acts of Florentino Pérez. The president of Ethical Madridista, that finish like vice-president when the one of Hortaleza won the elections, put in doubt the need to spend so much in a foreigner, arguing that there was too many in the changing room and that this game could allocate to draft to two stars, for example, of the Spanish selection. Besides, it glided that an investment of this magnitude could affect to the arks of the club.

This indictment bothered to Vicente Boluda, that had assumed the charge of Calderón and supervised the comicios. The agreement with Cristiano was apuntalado also by a clause of penalty, and if somebody broke it had to pay 30 million euros. This yes, if the rescission was with one accord, both remained freed and the player could look for another destination. When Boluda called to Jorge Mendes to cancel the traspaso, the luso did not put him problems. Had firm alternatives, and knew that the two projects that followed him neither were lower.

José Ángel Sánchez and Florentino finished the arrival of Cristiano

When the Valencian explained him the occurred to José Ángel Sánchez, east did to jump the alarms in the Real Madrid. In these moments, already knew that Cristiano Ronaldo was a differential footballer, and the possibility of 'give it' to the Barça and joint it with Messi was an increasing danger. Thus, the general director appealed to the surroundings of the president so that they did him change of ideas, and according to Balagué, attained it of a peculiar form. It did him call to a figure that, by these dates, not even had confirmed his candidature.

The telephone connection with Florentino Pérez resolved the Christian case, that finish dressing of white in the summer of 2009. The today leader ensured him to Boluda that Of Blas would not go back to launch to the attack and requested him that it did not break the pact with the Manchester United. Mendes Went back to have news of the 'merengues' and desactivó the remaining negotiations, few days before the own Florentino confirmed that it would present to the elections and consolidated like big favourite to win them.

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