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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!

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 5:14PM

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And by reporting this non story like the rest of the English media you are different from them how exactly?
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01/02/2008 17:32:00

LMAO! Well put.
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01/02/2008 17:37:00

exactly nik ... took the words out of my mouth
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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
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01/02/2008 18:34:00

Nik, Bang on. Irony seems to be a blind spot here.
Professor Calculus
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01/02/2008 18:36:00

LMAO!!! As our American brothers would say..........owned!!!!
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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!!!
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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
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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
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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]
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01/02/2008 19:59:00

move on hes at man utd and not at arsenal what really is there to discuss
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01/02/2008 21:54:00

And Ronaldo is a very good player, but he ain't the best in the world. Messi and Kaka are better than him. Just cos he does a few tricks against lower league opposition, in a league not renowned for its defending, doesn't make him the best player. I can't wait to see your sad pathetic United faces when he goes to Real Madrid - cos he definitely is!
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02/02/2008 11:20:00

^^^^ pure jealousy right there. aint no way kaka or messi are better then him at the moment and just caus the best player youve ever had decided on a move to spain dont mean ours will.
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02/02/2008 15:09:00

when i look at ronaldo i see a player who does loads of step overs and gets hyped for it. he is good but look at how messi dribbles past players with ease in tight spaces. id say messi and kaka are above him.
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02/02/2008 19:15:00

I guess Arenses point was that he wanted to see Fake ronnie in his shower three years ago, now hes too old.
Blue is the colour
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02/02/2008 21:56:00

The creature who posted above is one sad, sick, little man. I'd say Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world. I'm not even a fan of any of the big clubs in England (Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal)
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03/02/2008 16:16:00

Anyone who makes jokes about child abuse is a sick f*@k and should be banned from sites like this. we are here to talk football and have a bit of banter, hopefully the editors will ban you.
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04/02/2008 00:38:00

Kaka? Maybe. Messi? No way. Good with dribbling but stronger defenders mark him out of the game so easily that's unreal. He's good in the Spanish league where he's allowed time and space but no surprise he did even less in the Champions League than Ronaldo. And his scoring rate is nowhere near Ronaldo's so it's obvious who is the better player right now.
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04/02/2008 01:13:00

united4life, "fact is, ferguson had been doing it long before wenger." A slight error, that should have read, "Brian Kidd was doing it in the mid nineties but Fergie has unearthed bugger all, instead relying on a massive chequebook."
Little Dutch
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04/02/2008 13:16:00

So do we...But any of your front line will loan this month maybe.!!..???
80s terrier
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04/02/2008 22:36:00


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