Cristiano Ronaldo agreed a move to Valencia in 2006, according to the club’s former sporting director Amedeo Carboni.
Ronaldo became Public Enemy No.1 among United fans after he was spotted winking to the Portugal bench after pleading with the referee to send Rooney off in Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo almost Man United for Valencia following the incident with Wayne Rooney
Ronaldo, however, saw nothing wrong with his actions and felt he was unfairly treated when he arrived back at Old Trafford.
He said in July 2006: ‘I think I should get out of Manchester.
‘The circumstances are not right to keep playing in Manchester. In two or three days, I will decide where to go.
‘I always said I wanted to play in Spain. Nobody stood up for me at Manchester, although I did not do anybody any harm.’
Speaking of the role he played in planning a potential swoop for the superstar, Carboni told Il Posticipo: ‘I arrived at the right time, Valencia was the city that benefited most from this economic, social and sporting “boom”
Rooney was sent off during the World Cup in Germany after Ronaldo protested to the referee
It was for stamping on the foot of Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho during the second-half
The television cameras caught Ronaldo winking at the Portugal bench after Rooney’s red card
‘We had found the financial resources to get him; we had made arrangements with Nike and Coca Cola – the player’s sponsors.
‘Ronaldo at that time was already earning 10 million net a year, a lot for a club like Valencia.
‘Then we reached the stage where Cristiano had argued with Manchester United. In 2006-07 Valencia was experiencing a ‘boom’, and I had his ‘yes’ to sign him.’
Valencia, who finished that season in third place, had hoped Ronaldo would leave the Premier League to represent them in Spain.
However, the former United-man wanted to play alongside the likes of David Villa, Raul Albiol, Pablo Aimar and Hugo Viana instead.
Ronaldo stayed at Manchester United, alongside his team-mate before moving in 2009
Carboni that he had ‘the contracts signed by [Jorge] Mendes, nothing was missing between Ronaldo, his agent and myself. The deal, however, did not materialise.’
At the time, Ronaldo had only won an FA Cup and League Cup during his three seasons in Manchester.
Though he did go on to reach new heights and claim one of his five Ballon d’Or crowns while at the club.
He later moved to Spain in 2009, but for Valencia’s rivals Real Madrid instead.