Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he could have joined Arsenal ahead of Manchester United, but the latter was quick to complete the deal to sign him.
The Portuguese made a name for himself at United before earning a move to Real Madrid in a world-record fee at the time and has now indicated he would have turned out for the Gunners instead.
Speaking to Portuguese TV station TVI, Ronaldo said he even met the then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but United jumped ahead of their rivals to snap him up.
"There had been contacts with so many other teams, Valencia, for example, were one of them," he said.
“I met with Arsene Wenger and was about to go to Arsenal. I talked to Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Inter too but after the friendly against Manchester United, who were already interested, they became even more interested and they sped up negotiations and signed me," he added.
Ronaldo was signed by the Old Trafford side after impressing against them while turning out for Sporting Lisbon and particularly gave Gary Neville a torrid time on the wing.
He is one of the many stars who could have played for the Gunners, with the likes of Messi, Ibrahimovic, Mbappe, Pogba, and Bale also having flirted with the club.