Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he could have signed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during his managerial time at Arsenal.
Just a few months before the Premier League season ended, Arsene Wenger gave the footballing world some shocking news after announcing that he would step down from his position at the club. His resignation last week ended a 22-year spell but revealed some crazy details on the players he tried to sign at Arsenal.
Wenger Opens Up On Ronaldo and Messi-
The 68-year-old Frenchman told Arsenal’s official club website that Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was his prime target at North London but the young winger chose to go with Sir Alex Ferguson at the time, “The obvious player [Arsenal missed out on] that comes to mind is Ronaldo. He was here with his mother and we were very close. Then Man United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at the time, who was their coach. United played against Sporting Lisbon and Ronaldo was outstanding and they signed him.”
Wenger then went on to state that he also had the opportunity to bring in Argentine star Lionel Messi after luring in Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona , however, the Catalonian club was adamant about selling the future of the club, “I met Cesc’s [Fabregas] parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and [Gerard] Pique as well. We tried for the three but of course, it didn’t work out…because of the agents. With Messi, Barcelona didn’t want to lose him of course and they made [the offer] that was needed to keep the player at the club”
If’s and but’s will always be a conspiracy theory. Arsene Wenger did well with what he achieved for the club but unfortunately, he did not evolve with football and that’s probably the main reason as to why he decided to step down from the managerial role this season. However, Arsenal would have been far better off than they are at the moment had either of the two Ballon d’Or winners moved to the Emirates Stadium.