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Wenger Wanted Ronaldo - So What?

Wenger Wanted Ronaldo - So What?

The English media have fallen over their feet to report that Arsene Wenger wanted to sign Ronaldo before he was taken by Fergie to Old Trafford.

Here is the story in short. Arsene Wenger revealed Ronaldo was at Arsenal before he joined United.

'He was here much earlier - he could tell you that if he wants.

'Manchester United had a partnership with Sporting Lisbon when United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz moved and that made it very difficult.'

That's it. He was there, had a look around then signed for us. Why is it such a big deal, I don't know. Wenger himself added that he does not want to create a story out of it.

The fact is that he was interested in a brilliant young talent. Hardly surprising, I would not be shocked if Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan et al claimed they had all tried to sign before he joined us. He's a special player and was a special talent at the age of 18.

Did Wenger try to claim credit for unearthing Ronaldo? If that's the case, it would be quite childish, something I would not like to accuse Wenger with though I would not put it past him.

Ronaldo was a great talent, credit to Fergie and Queiroz for turning him into a goalscorer with a hitherto unheard level of consistency. Only Ruud's 2002/03 season comes close to what Ronaldo has achieved so far this term. And what if Wenger tried to sign him? We should be even happier that he ended up at us!

Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 5:14PM


And by reporting this non story like the rest of the English media you are different from them how exactly?
01/02/2008 17:32:00
LMAO! Well put.
01/02/2008 17:37:00
exactly nik ... took the words out of my mouth
01/02/2008 17:38:00
why the sly dig at wenger? anyway what a shame the winker will be a madrid player in about two-three years time...
fran merida
01/02/2008 18:34:00
Nik, Bang on. Irony seems to be a blind spot here.
Professor Calculus
01/02/2008 18:36:00
LMAO!!! As our American brothers would say..........owned!!!!
01/02/2008 19:42:00
its great to wacth a bunch of jelous liverpool and arsenal fans try and take the ***** out of us for having ther worlds best player. Torres? Fabregas. naa mates, its all about the RONALDO!!!
01/02/2008 19:53:00
If you read that interview fully you will see that Wenger isn't trying to get any credit for 'unearthing' Ronaldo, infact he talks about how well he has developed since he first saw him, which is actually giving the man utd coaching team credit, so I hardly think the ridiculous dig is called for!! All the big clubs around europe know about the best kids nowdays so there really isn't any story!!
Ashburton Gooner
01/02/2008 19:55:00
The real story is how Man Utd are hijacking deals & buying kids like Nani/Anderson just to stop others having them (admitted by Fergie), which actually shows just how scared Ferguson is of competition.
Ashburton Gooner
01/02/2008 19:57:00
typical wenger, so up his own arse he beleives all the hype that he is gods gift to football, a master of youth development and a genius at unearthing talent. fact is, ferguson had been doing it long before wenger and he still is, and ronaldo is just another example of that - the worlds best player signed when he was just 18 by united - and wenger hates it!!! [Edited by hekmat]
01/02/2008 19:59:00
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