"It almost happened with United," he recalled to 442.
"It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: 'If i become Barca president, will you come?' I said yes.
"It was only a matter of details with United when Rosell called to say he was going to win the elections there. And I had promised to him that I'd play for Barca. It was a quick negotiation. I told the English I had chosen Barca.
"It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barca. We have a history there. Off the pitch it is like nowhere else in Europe, so we are always happy playing there."
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