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Ronaldinho: United should have signed me

ESPN staff
February 5, 2013
Manchester United were on the receiving end of Ronaldinho brilliance in 2010 © Getty Images

Ronaldinho has claimed Manchester United blew their chance of grabbing more European glory after failing to sign him from Paris Saint-Germain early in his career.

The two-time FIFA world player of the year then led the Catalan club to successive Primera Liga titles and the 2006 Champions League trophy with a 2-1 victory over United's Premier League rivals Arsenal.

And the 32-year-old did not leave United officials wondering 'what may have been' had he moved across the Channel instead of heading south to Spain.

"If Manchester United had signed me they would have won more European Cups," Ronaldinho told sambafoot.com.

"I have played for some of the biggest teams in the world and won everything."

After five years with Barcelona, Ronaldinho moved to AC Milan - despite reported interest from Manchester City - before returning to his native homeland with Flamengo.

But despite never playing in the Premier League, Ronaldinho said when he looked back on his European career, there was only one nagging thought which left him troubled.

"The only regret is not playing more seasons with Lionel Messi," he said.

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