Former AC Milan director Marco Fassone has revealed that Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo almost joined the club before moving to Serie A rivals Juventus last summer.

In a chat with SportItalia, Marco Fassone backed up an earlier claim from former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.

According to him, former Manchester United star Ronaldo was open to the idea of leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid to AC Milan before former club owner Li Yonghong blocked a possible move for the Portuguese superstar.

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Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a club-record deal last summer in a deal reported to be around £100m.

Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus last summer having spent nine years at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

The Portuguese international skipper signed for Real Madrid from Premier League giants Manchester United for a then world-record fee of £80m and he went on to become the all-time leading goalscorer at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

During his first season at Juventus, Ronaldo emerged as the topscorer as the Old Lady secured their eighth successive league title ahead of the likes of Napoli, Atalanta and Inter Milan.

Ronaldo and Juventus crashed out of the Champions League quarterfinals to Ajax Amsterdam last season.


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