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Sir Alex Ferguson Wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to Join Barcelona over Real Madrid

Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly encouraged Barcelona to bid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 in an attempt to prevent the Portuguese superstar leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid. According to Guillem Balague in AS, once the former Red Devils manager was resigned to his star forward leaving Old Trafford, he attempted to ensure he did not move to the Santiago Bernabeu: "Seeing that he couldn’t persuade Cristiano to stay [at United] he made contact with Barcelona to encourage them to bid.
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