Gunners chief wishes he’d bought former Man United star.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that not signing Cristiano Ronaldo when he had the chance is the biggest regret of his managerial career, claiming that he almost had a deal in place for the Portuguese megastar in place before he joined Manchester United , the Metro reports.
Ronaldo had a lot of potential suitors before he left Sporting Lisbon for Old Trafford in 2003, and Wenger conceded that not getting to the Portuguese before his Premier League rivals still eats away at him.
“My biggest regret, I was so close, to signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and not only did I not get him he signed for Manchester United, so that of course still hurts today,” Wenger said.
Wenger also claimed that the signing he was most proud of was not that of Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp, but defender Lauren, who was a key part of the legendary ‘invincibles’ team.
“I’d never say which player was the best, but I think it’s the signings like Lauren who you spot when nobody else does,” he added.
“He was a right midfielder who I played at right back and was one of the invincibles.”