Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Liverpool would surely sound awkward and surprising at the same time. But in reality, he was close to playing for the Reds a couple of years ago. However, the possibility proved fruitless after the Reds failed to get the superstar.
Liverpool’s desire to get Ronaldo can be traced as far back as 2003 when the Portuguese was still playing for Sporting Lisbon. It was Houllier who attempted to get Ronaldo to play for the Reds. Unfortunately, Liverpool was hesitant to give in to the high demands of the then 18-year-old. It makes sense especially that he’s fairly new to the pro football world.
This led to Ronaldo signing a deal with Man United for £12.2 million in 2003. And that expensive deal for a youngster was worth every single penny as he scored 84 goals out of his 196 game appearances. It was a matter of time before his popularity skyrocketed. And on 2009, when he had the beak he wanted, Ronaldo was offered a whopping £80 million to play for Real Madrid.
Houllier reveals for the first time that it was the limited wage scale that led to Liverpool’s failed attempt to get Ronaldo. He went on to say that he underestimated the potential of the young Portuguese.
The former football player cited an instance when he was advised by Sir Alex Ferguson to sign Ronaldo to the team. Unfortunately, he decided to not break the club’s wage structure as it might cause issues with the players. Houllier implies his disappointment in the missed opportunity. Since then, Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or four times in his career.
Getting back to where it all started, Houllier argues that his choice to get Harry Kewell made sense in 2003. The first reason to this is that the deal was only worth £5 million. Add into the equation the same level of passion Kewell had back then.
But unfortunately, Kewell sustained a serious injury and since then performed below expectations. Signing Pongolle and Le Tallec wasn’t also enough to bring the club to greatness.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Statistics
Ronaldo is regarded as the best football player in the world, while some argue that it’s Lionel Messi. Whichever the case is, there’s no denying that the Portuguese has a lot of skills and talent tucked under his sleeves.
Having an overall 7.85 rating is nothing short of excellent. Having an official total of 21 goals out of the 17 appearances throughout his career, one can easily say how good of a footballer Ronaldo is. He has a 79.2% pass success percentage and has an average of 1.2 aerials. With these figures alone, it surely is easy to say how much Liverpool has lost in failing to get Ronaldo to the team.
What is His Playing Style?
The 32-year-old is best known for his long shots and excellent finishes. Aside from those, he’s also great in aerial duels, key passes, and headed attempts. It’s because of these traits that he made himself as one of the best if not the best footballer alive. Though his lack of defensive contribution in the field is evident, it still won’t hurt Real Madrid that much because they’ve got Casemiro and Luka Modric on the defensive end.
Liverpool’s missed opportunity to get Cristiano Ronaldo can still be felt up to this day. The Reds are currently in the 8th spot in the Premier League rankings while Real Madrid is comfortably seated in the 3rd spot in La Liga.
With the help of Ronaldo, Real Madrid gets the 2nd spot in La Liga’s betting rankings with a strong 13/8 betting odds. Meanwhile, http://www.freebets.co.uk gives Liverpool underdog odds of 35/1 to win the season.
What makes it worse for the Reds is that there is no way they’re going to make it past the other strong teams like Chelsea and Tottenham who has 18/1 and 14/1 odds. Add up Man City and Man United’s strong 2/5 and 7/2 odds, and you’re nowhere near the championship spot. Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid has a very different story as it’s expected to overtake Barcelona’s 13/20 favorite odds in the next upcoming months.