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Blame it on the weather

Quinton Fortune blames the Manchester weather for United failing to sign Ronaldinho

The Brazilian star was close to moving to Old Trafford in 2003, but opted for Barcelona instead

It’s a well known fact that Manchester United once came within a whisker of signing Ronaldinho back in 2003. 

Having sold David Beckham to Real Madrid that summer – complete with that football boot injury above his eye – Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to snap up the Brazilian wizard from Paris Saint-Germain as his replacement.

But of course, Barcelona got there first and the rest is history.

Not worthy

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Not worthy

But former United player Quinton Fortune insists Ronaldinho would’ve opted for Old Trafford over Camp Nou that summer – if Manchester’s weather had just been a bit better.

Speaking via ManUtd.com ahead of United’s Legends clash against Barcelona this Friday, the South African said: “Oh my goodness, when you look at their team.

“First of all, start with Ronaldinho so, okay, you can stop there.

“It’s a fantastic team and of course Barcelona are one of the greatest clubs in the world.

“Playing at Camp Nou and at Old Trafford, I think everyone is looking forward to it but a few of us will have to put in extra training to make sure we’re fit for this game.”


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“I think we got it wrong by bringing Ronaldinho in at the wrong time of year as it was raining that day he arrived at Manchester Airport.

“Maybe it was summer anyway but, if we’d have timed it with the right day, it could have been a different story.

“It would have been absolutely amazing to have him here.

“He’s one of the greatest players ever to play football and entertained with his skill, fun and joy.

“He brought it all and it will be a great occasion for everyone to play against him and watch him.”

Quinton Fortune – one of the nice guys

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Quinton Fortune – one of the nice guys

But hey, it wasn’t all bad that summer, as the Red Devils did manage to complete the signing of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wonder what happened to him?

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