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Ronaldo almost joined Rangers, agent says

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 18 Jul 2016

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Brazil great Ronaldo almost took up an “incredible” offer to join Rangers when he left Barcelona in 1997.

The striker was a target for the Scottish giants, Lazio and Inter, the latter eventually his destination after his prolific season with Barcelona.

Ronaldo scored 34 league goals in 37 matches for Barca, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year Award, but was unable to come to a new agreement.

His agent, Giovanni Branchini, recalled the offer his client received from Rangers, who ended up finishing second to Celtic that season.

“The clause in his contract was a novelty at the time and it scared a lot of clubs off,” he said.

“The three who were really interested were Inter, Lazio and Glasgow Rangers, who followed negotiations all the way.

“The offer from Glasgow Rangers was incredible.

“They told us he didn’t have to play on a Saturday in the Scottish league. They were desperate to win the Champions League and were going to allow him to play in the European matches only.

“But Inter had followed him from when he used to play in Brazil. Barcelona reneged on a new contract and Inter were the first club to meet the release clause, so he went there.”

Ronaldo spent five seasons at Inter before moving to Real Madrid, while he went on to win a second World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

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