Former Barcelona president tells how the team lost Ronaldo

first_imgThe Brazilian footballer spent only one season with the Spanish La Liga team before moving to Internazionale MilanRonaldo Nazario de Lima played for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona in the 1996-1997 season.While there, he scored 34 goals in 37 matches.And many fans thought he would stay for many years with the Blaugrana.But in an interview with Goal, former Barca president Joan Gaspart revealed how the Brazilian went to the Italian Lega Serie A.“Ronaldo wanted to stay at Barcelona, he was happy and his wish was to renew,” Gaspart said.“We had even typed out the contract in front of the player himself and his two agents.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“It was three in the afternoon and we justifiably decided to go out to eat and celebrate Ronaldo’s renewal, and then return to the office and sign the agreement we had reached,” he added.“That was a mistake because if we had not gone out to eat and had signed at the same time we reached the agreement, Ronaldo would have stayed at Barcelona.”“One of his agents went off for half an hour to take a phone call,” he commented.“At that time we did not pay much attention to the agent’s absence. When he came back he apologized, had some coffee and toasted before going to the office to sign the contract.”“From the first moment we got to the president [Josep] Nunez’s office, the agents began to put obstacles up, they told Ronaldo to go home and that they would call him to sign. I asked them if they did not want to sign,” Gaspart explained.“They insisted they did but what they wanted was to renegotiate almost the entire contract, increasing the financial terms. They were trying to destroy the talks.”last_img read more