Legendary Inter player and former club director Sandro Mazzola has revealed that he urged the club to sign Cristiano Ronaldo during his Manchester United days but his advice was ignored.
Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and is currently on the books of Inter’s arch rivals Juventus, who he joined in a €100 million deal in the Summer of 2018 but thinks could have been a lot different had Mazzola got his way.
“I wanted to bring him to Inter when he was with Manchester United and long before his move to Real Madrid. At the time it was an affordable amount, I proposed his name to the Nerazzurri management but I was not listened to and one of them in particular said he was not worth all that money,” Mazzola, who spent his entire 17 year playing career on Inter’s books between 1960 and 1977, remarked in an interview with Italian news outlet Twikie.it.
This season, the 35-year-old five time Balon d’Or winner has made 32 appearances across all competitions for the Bianconeri club to date. In little over 2800 minutes in the park, the Portugal national team captain has scored 25 goals and provided four assists for his teammates.
Ronaldo has made 836 appearances during his career with him having scored 626 goals and providing a total of 215 assists.