Paris Saint-Germain tried "everything" to sign Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer; that is the view of the French club's former sporting director Leonardo.
Speculation was rife over the summer that the mass-spending Ligue One champions were trying to sign the Portuguese super-star and the man at the head of negotiations at the time confirmed this.
"We thought of signing Ronaldo. I did everything within the written laws to try to get him to Paris but it was impossible to make him leave Real Madrid." Said the Brazilian in an interview.
PSG could have certainly afforded Ronaldo despite the suggestions that any deal might have cost over £100 million.
Since the takeover of the club by owners from the Middle East, the Parisians have become one of the biggest spenders in world football and have bought world-renowned players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edison Cavani, Thiago Silva and David Beckham even retired there.
Ronaldo though, who is tipped to win his second Ballon d'Or award, would have topped all of those transfers. Madrid initially purchased the striker for over £80 million from Manchester United, which at the time was a world-record and still officially is due to 'Los Blancos' not revealing how much they paid for Gareth Bale.
The 28-year-old has scored an astonishing 226 goals in 217 games for Madrid since arriving in 2009.
Its that sort of form which has seen Ronaldo tipped to pip rival Barcelona star to the Ballon d'Or award, given to the footballer of they year but Leonardo thinks that Bayern Munich star Frank Ribery should take the prize: "I prefer Ribery for the Ballon d'Or, as it would be his first title. Ronaldo and Messi also merit it - but they have already won."
Leonardo resigned as PSG's sporting director in August.