Barcelona legend reveals he was close to Madrid move

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The Mexico international is Barcelona’s eighth foreign player with the most games for the club with 240. However, everything could have changed in 2002, a year before he joined the Catalans.
In an interview with ESPN, Marquez has revealed his negotiations with Los Blancos were in ‘advanced’ stage but a move still fell through.

“I was excited and happy but when they signed Ronaldo everything fell apart in the negotiations. I was at Monaco for another year before Barcelona’s offer came and that was for the best as it wasn’t the right moment to leave Monaco, things happen for a reason.

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“I feel fortunate that Real Madrid were interested in me but in the end it was their rivals who signed me.”

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