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.”