Napoli Was Meant To Sign Ronaldo
According to a report out Italy, Napoli and not Juventus, was Ronaldo’s first choice. The report states that Ronaldo’s agent
contacted the Naples football club in the hopes of starting a dialogue.
Napoli officials expressed tons of interest but were put off by the players incredible wage demands. Napoli’s sporting director Aurelio De Laurentiis basically hinted that a move would risk bankrupting the club.
He is quoted as saying:
“Ronaldo was offered to Napoli. (Jorge) Mendes, his agent, telephoned me. We planned to make an offer, and we would have paid CR7 with a percentage of the funds guaranteed by his arrival. The €350 million that Juventus will invest is beyond our reach. We would have risked pushing the club towards bankruptcy.”
Alas, both club and player made the logical choice. Bear in mind, Napoli does not have the same positional strength as Real Madrid.