Ex-Blues chief rues missed opportunity.
Former Birmingham City owner David Sullivan has claimed that he could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo for just £6m before he linked up with Manchester United in 2003, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Portugal international moved from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2003 and the winger established himself as one of the planet’s elite players during six years in Manchester.
Real Madrid then broke the world transfer record for his services in 2009 when they shelled out £80m to prize him away from Old Trafford.
And now Sullivan, who co-owns West Ham with long time business partner David Gold, has said that his old side missed out on the chance to land a true superstar.
“Before he went to Man United, we were offered him for £6m, and he chose United ahead of us,” he said.
“There was a deal to be done. When he first went to United there were lots of doubts about him. He wasn’t the star that he is now.”
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