Rafa Márquez in a party with Mexico in the past


Rafa Márquez tells why he didn't end up at Madrid: "It was all for Ronaldo"

Published:27/10/2021 - 13:06h

Updated:27/10/2021 - 13:06h

Rafa Márquez gave an interview in which he spoke about his past at FC Barcelona. The central defender considers himself a culé until death, but acknowledged that before playing for Barça he was a Real Madrid fan and was about to wear white

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'The Chiringuito' was with Rafa Márquez in direct in his program of the morning of this Wednesday. The ex defence of the FC Barcelona chatted in this interview on his past in the Barcelona picture and left clear that feels very honoured for having played in the Camp Nou. "I am very proud of my stage there because I arrived in a moment in cual the Barça did not win titles. It was a reconstruction of which was part and seat me very proud to having belonged to this history", stood out.

The Mexican explained how fraguó his signing and how had to be he the one who planted in front of the Monaco. "It calls me Sandro Rosell and says me, 'are arming a project in the which want people like you, engaged'. Had to litigate me with the Monaco because we were in a good level, do not remain champions in the 2002, but describe to the Champions. Deschamps Did not want to me leave go and I had a conflict because it did not want to leave happen this opportunity to go to the Barcelona", explained.

But what perhaps anybody knew and also explained the one of Zamora of Hidalgo was that the Real Madrid was about to ficharle. It seems that the only that prevented the traspaso was that the merengues finish fichando to Ronaldo Nazario and planted to Rafa. "I was very near. In my second year in Monaco there was a quite important approach because I also was in his moment with the representative of Hugo Sánchez. But it went lengthening until they hired to Ronaldo and in this moment no longer did . Ronaldo prevented fortunately that it arrived to the Madrid", aimed.

Márquez feels now very lucky of have not finish in the picture merengue, but admitted that in his moment play in the Bernabéu was a dream for him, since it was fan of the Madrid. "Like Mexican and idol of Hugo Sánchez was of the Madrid, I went him to the Madrid", indicated. But now, after happening the best years of his life in the Barça, his heart is culé. "Now no longer I am of the Real, clear. When you go in to this institution like the Barça you enamoras, has changed me all my idea and my heart goes to be of the Barcelona always", declared.

An injury precipitated his course of the Barça

On the other hand, the Mexican explained how finished his stage in the Barcelona by fault of an injury. "I me lesiono in the semifinal of Champions against Chelsea, in this year that wins everything in the 2009. Until here I came playing to title, but after the injury Pep does not begin me to take a lot in account. It carried me to the parties out of house and commanded me to the grandstand. I began to exasperate me because my mentality of competitiveness and to want to be did not allow me be in a bench", remembered.

Finally, after hartarse of 'suck' bench, the defender planted in front of Pep Guardiola and this opened him the doors of the Barça. In 2010, the one of Mexico left to the New York Network Bull to cost zero. "At the end, in his moment spoke with him and simply said me that it trusted others. It commented me that I at the end was well that it was here, but that if it wanted to go me had the open doors. I did not hold not being able to play and enjoy in a team like this, so I was me", signalled.

Finally, Márquez explained how was his relation with Leo Messi in the few years in which both coincided in the Camp Nou. "It was good, were not very good friends that say, but inside the changing room always was a cordial relation. We were almost of the same style of character, he was quiet, I was quiet also, but inside the field transformed us. Both were distinct, but always got along with Lio", concluded.

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