Ronaldinho could’ve been a Man United player if it wasn’t for some rain

In 2003, Ronaldinho could’ve pulled on the red shirt of Manchester United, rather than Barcelona’s iconic stripes, had it not been for the usual Manchester rain, that’s according to former Red Devil, Quinton Fortune.

“I think we got it wrong by bringing Ronaldinho in at the wrong time of year as it was raining that day he arrived at Manchester Airport.

“Maybe it was summer anyway but, if we’d have timed it with the right day, it could have been a different story.

“It would have been absolutely amazing to have him here. He’s one of the greatest players ever to play football and entertained with his skill, fun and joy.

Quinton Fortune speaking to Manchester United’s official site

At the time, Ronaldinho was a Paris Saint-Germain player, with Manchester United having just won the 2002/03 Premier League title. However, the Brazilian opted to reject Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils – probably more at the thought of playing with Quinton Fortune, rather than rain – and joined Barcelona later that summer.

David Beckham was Real Madrid-bound and the Juan Sebastian Veron project would come to an end that same summer, so Ronaldinho was earmarked as the ideal player to inject that creative spark that would now be lacking.

Later that summer, Sir Alex Ferguson would sign Eric Djemba-Djemba, Kleberson and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. And you have to wonder, had Fergie got his Brazilian superstar, would the beautiful game have been robbed of its greatest ever goalscorer?

Come to think of it, how many ‘GOATs’ have we missed out on because of a missed out transfer, a wrong pass or a personality clash?!

Of course Ronny makes the greatest Brazilians to ever grace La Liga, but who else makes the cut?

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