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REVEALED: Ronaldo was in Arsenal office before Man Utd call

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo visited Arsenal before signing for Manchester United, it has been revealed.

The Daily Star says Ronaldo, who faces the USA today in a vital match for Portugal, was set to join Arsenal from Sporting Lisbon 11 years ago.

He was actually in Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's office to discuss the £12 million move.

But United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a direct approach to Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, to hijack the deal.

At United he won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, the European Cup and a Club World Cup.

With Real, he has again won the Champions League - as he did with United - and the Ballon D'Or World Player of the Year award.

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