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Arsene Wenger clarifies how close Arsenal came to signing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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David Dein and Arsene Wenger have uncovered how close the Gunners came to signing Messi and Ronaldo.

David Dein and Wenger needed to carry the pair to the club around 20 years prior when they were simply beginning in their vocations.

Lionel Messi was getting through the foundation at Barca, who the Gunners signed Fabregas from, while Cristiano Ronaldo was creating at Sporting Lisbon.

Eventually, Lionel Messi waited at Barca and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Man United after they plunged for him.

“Lionel Messi we were keen on, yet it was unrealistic,” said the ex Gunners coach who was talking at an occasion for the Twinning Project on Monday at the London Palladium.

“Barcelona had Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Pique in a similar age. We attempted to get the players. Lionel Messi was unrealistic, Barcelona expanded it (his agreement). Cesc Fabregas needed to leave, Gerrard Pique too.

“Pique arrived at Manchl United and Fabregas went along with us. I will not go into that game, since, supposing that I go into my room and compose on the divider every one of the players I pass up, I don’t complete well my life.”

Talking about a potential arrangement for Cristiano Ronaldo, David Dein added: “We are currently turning the clock back when Cristiano Cristiano was 17 and playing in the Portuguese Under-19 group.

“He was spotted by our central scout. Arsene said: ‘Look, would you like to go over and see him play?’ I said: ‘Definitely certain, I’ll go across’.

“I went with our main scout and I saw the Under-19 team of Portugal play and Cristiano Ronaldo did all around well.

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“Then, at that point, the specialist, who was with us at that point, said: ‘All things considered, in all honesty he will meet us for supper thereafter’.

“We had a supper at a kind of a control side café. He was a truly pleasant fellow and he really gave me his shirt. It’s one of a few shirts that I have hanging in my cabinet at home. He gave me his shirt that he played in.

“We examined a tad of cash and the specialist said: ‘All things considered, let him consider it short-term’. Then, at that point, Cristiano said: ‘I must go now, my transport is going’.

“He bounced on his transport and he returned home. The next day I was examining with the specialist and around six hours after the fact Man United destroyed us.

“That was the Ronaldo story. I think we were being utilized a tad as a following house, since I think he was continually going to go to Man United at that point.”

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