Before joining Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was allegedly offered a contract by Atletico Madrid.
The Portuguese sensation is off to a flying start for the Red Devils after returning to Old Trafford following a 12-year absence since he left for Real Madrid.
He has four goals in three matches so far, demonstrating that he is still at the peak of his form at 36 years old.
If Atleti had wanted to sign a Real Madrid great, things could have been different.
Ronaldo was reportedly offered to Atletico Madrid in the last month of the transfer window, according to Carrusel Deportivo via Sport.
However, they were advised that they would have to begin negotiations before August 15, when a move would have been more difficult for a variety of reasons.
At that moment, Juventus was still looking for a means to keep him, whilst the reigningLa Liga
champions would have struggled to pay his salaries.
They eventually signed
, although they could only do so because
departed so late in the window.
Atleti would not have been able to make any significant pay promises without Saul's exit.
Ronaldo didn't become truly available until the last days of the transfer window when he decided to leave Juventus after all, less than a year before his agreement was due to expire.
Manchester United acted quickly after that, particularly when
was mentioned as a prospective destination.
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