Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has revealed he was merely hours away from completing a move to Manchester United, report the Daily Mirror.
The Samba star is considered as one of the best players to ever play the game despite his relatively quick fall from grace in what should have been the prime of his career.
He had been expected to move to Old Trafford in 2003 after helping the Selecao lift the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, scoring an infamous free-kick against England in the quarter finals.
Now, the 35-year old former World Player of the Year has revealed just how close he came to joining the Red Devils before Barcelona swooped in to sign him from PSG.
‘It almost happened with United’, he told FourFourTwo, ‘it was a matter of 48 hours.’
The instillation of Juan Laporte as the club’s president is widely believed to be the reason the Ballon D’Or winner had a change of heart, as he had agreed a deal with running mate Sandro Rosell.
‘I told the English I had chosen Barca. It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barca.’