It has been revealed recently that Ronaldo, who is revered as one of the greatest strikers of all time, was subject to a bid from Rangers in 1997, as they attempted to bring the Brazilian to Ibrox following his fall-out at Barcelona.
In a documentary released by Sky Italia last week, Ronaldo’s former agent Giovanni Branchini spilt the beans on Ronaldo’s career and his dramatic exit from Barcelona in 1997, which saw him leave the Catalan club after just one season following a contract dispute, despite him only recently being named the World Player of the Year.
As per the Daily Record, Branchini revealed in the documentary that whilst contract talks with Barcelona were stalled, he and Ronaldo considered the interest being shown by “Lazio, Inter and Glasgow Rangers”.
He also suggests that Rangers made an “incredible” offer for the superstar striker, one that meant that he would only feature in European matches, but in the end, they took the decision to sign for Inter.
He would go on to score 59 goals in 99 appearances for the Serie A side before making the switch to Real Madrid in 2002, where he enjoyed arguably the best spell of his career, hitting 104 goals for Los Blancos.
Although the Ibrox outfit managed to win the Premiership and two domestic trophies the following season under Dick Advocaat, they failed to progress in the Champions League group stages the following season, so it would have been interesting to see how they would have done with a player of Ronaldo’s immense quality up front.
Despite suffering a number of injuries, the Brazilian still enjoyed a decorated career which saw him win the World Cup and Ballon d’Or twice.
He is highly regarded amongst former and current footballers, with Gus Poyet describing him as a “phenomenon”, whilst Lionel Messi described the Brazilian as his “hero”.
Therefore, there is no doubt that the Brazilian would have been an incredible signing for Rangers had club chairman at the time, David Murray, been able to convince him to make the switch to Ibrox.
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