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Ferguson’s three-word message that ended Manchester City’s Ronaldo dream

Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson
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Manchester City thought they had Cristiano Ronaldo in the bag last summer until the legendary former Red Devils manager stepped in.

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It took Sir Alex Ferguson just 20 seconds to derail Manchester City’s attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Determined to leave Juventus in August, Ronaldo had a surprise offer on the table from City. The Citizens were reportedly confident of closing a £25 million deal for the Manchester United legend. Had it gone through, it would’ve arguably been one of the most controversial transfers in England.

But a brief phone call Ferguson made to Ronaldo changed everything through a simple three-word order.

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“Don’t join City,” he told CR7 before hanging up.

The Daily Star credits this ‘coded message’ as the moment Ronaldo realized just how much United wanted him back. He completed a deadline day return to Old Trafford a few days later.

As for Man City, seeing the Red Devils steal the forward from right under their noses left them stunned.

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Pep Guardiola’s side will face Ronaldo for the first time on Saturday since his shock return to England in a Premier League clash at Old Trafford.