Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger reveals ‘hurt’ at failure to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsene Wenger claims that Arsenal were "so close" to signing Cristiano Ronaldo before Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is still “hurt” by Arsenal’s failure to sign Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Manchester United.

Ronaldo moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon as a teenager back in 2003, before eventually sealing a record £80m transfer to Real Madrid five years later.

Not only did I not get him, but he signed for Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo

And Gunners boss Wenger has claimed that he was “so close” to landing the Ballon d’Or winner before the Portugal captain’s transfer to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals.

“My biggest regret, I was so close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Wenger.

“And not only did I not get him, but he signed for Manchester United. That, of course, still hurts today.”

Wenger also revealed that he regrets not having brought Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to the north London club.

“I would have loved to have managed Didier Drogba, for two reasons,” he added.

“One, I missed him when he played at Le Mans in France, not even in the top league. I knew there was a good player there and I missed him.

“And secondly, because he hurt us so much in big games that all this pain would not have happened.”

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