Manchester United have been said to have gazumped fellow Premier League side Liverpool to the signing of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

Before Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003, the Portuguese footballer was in great form at Sporting Lisbon and was wanted by many European giants.

Gerard Houllier who was the handler of Liverpool then wanted to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to Anfield and the Reds thought they had agreed £4m to sign him.

According to the report on Daily Mail citing The Athletic, Liverpool chiefs traveled to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play against FC Porto then.

The report added that Phil Thompson who was the assistant coach then at Liverpool went for dinner with Ronaldo’s agent then Tony Henry in efforts to sign the Portuguese.

But to the surprise of Liverpool chiefs, Sir Alex Ferguson tripled the amount Liverpool offered and signed Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United.

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