How AC Milan almost signed Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo would be an AC Milan player if the incumbent owners had been in charge earlier in the close-season, according to former sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo ended an illustrious nine-year stay at Real Madrid when he completed a €112 million switch to reigning Serie A champions Juventus last July.

However, Mirabelli claims the Portugal superstar was ready to complete a move to San Siro until Li Yonghong’s ill-fated regime blocked the deal prior to hedge fund Elliott Management assuming control of the club .

“It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes,” Mirabelli, who was sacked shortly after the takeover, told Sportitalia .

“We knew there could be problems with Real [and Ronaldo]. We did everything, but then the Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable.

“With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player.”

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