You may remember reading our story from a few days ago on Liverpool’s failure to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, as told by Gerard Houllier.
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In short, our former French boss wanted to sign the teenage Portuguese in 2003, but felt the fee and wages for an unproven talent were astronomical, instead preferring Aussie Harry Kewell.
In fairness, Kewell was only 24-years-old and had just come off the back of a Premier League season with Leeds in which he’d scored 16 goals and registered 7 assists.
Imagine what a midfielder with those stats would cost now…
Our former Champions League winning midfielder has claimed that at the time, Liverpool made the right decision in choosing him over Ronaldo, who has of course gone on to win multiple Ballon d’Ors at Real Madrid.
“I mean back when I signed for Liverpool, I think I was the number one person to go round in that year, so I think he made the right decision,” Kewell told AS, reported in Football365.
“In hindsight yes, you could turn around and say a lot of things, there’s a lot of great players that have gone elsewhere that have never been signed.
“I think recently the biggest one was Raul. He got let go by Atletico Madrid and then look where he went to.”
Ronaldo isn’t the only player we’ll live to regret not signing, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Most recently, our refusal to stump up £5m for Dele Alli is the one that hurts the most, with the young Englishman currently rated as one of the best prospects in world football – playing for our rivals Spurs.