Real Madrid star and former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo was desperate to join their eternal rivals Liverpool in 2003, rather than moving to Old Trafford, as reported by the Daily Express.
When a potential move to Anfield faltered, Ronaldo instead moved to the Red Devils for £12 million, but he had first hoped that a move to Merseyside would go through.
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has previously admitted that he missed out on an opportunity to push through a deal for the sensational forward, and there is little doubt that Ronaldo would have pushed Liverpool to new heights if a deal had been confirmed.
196 appearances for Man Utd saw Ronaldo plunder 84 goals, and his time at the club was only ended by a huge £80 million move to Real Madrid in 2009. He won three Premier League crowns and a Champions League trophy while playing for Man Utd.
Ronaldo said, in 2003, about moving to Liverpool: “Liverpool are one of the best clubs in England and it would be a dream for any player to represent a club of such traditions.
“I will have to hope they make an offer that is good for both Sporting and myself.
“The English league is not one of my favourites, but it is very interesting. I think my way of playing can be reconciled in the Premiership. If a player has quality then he can play anywhere.
“Let’s see how things turn out. I am going to continue working as hard as ever.”