Kleberson Nearly Joined Manchester United with Ronaldinho
Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has revealed that Ronaldinho was supposed to join him when he signed for the club in the summer of 2001.
Kleberson and Ronaldinho were international teammates and both were contacted by United- but Ronaldinho rejected United’s advances and joined Barcelona instead.
“There were two clubs interested in signing me: Manchester United and Leeds," Kleberson explained to FourFourTwo magazine.
“It was an easy choice, but there’s a funny story about it, too. When [Manchester] United’s interest in me was confirmed, I was with the national team in France for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
“I can remember it clearly: I was with Ronaldinho and his brother/agent, Assis. Ronaldinho said, “They want to sign both of us.” I said, ‘OK, let’s go, then!’
“I was so glad that he would be coming with me. I went back to Brazil and kept negotiating with United, but then Ronaldinho fooled me and went to play in the warm weather at Barcelona!
“He sent me to Manchester. That’s a joke between us until today. He knows that he owes me one!” the midfielder joked.