Chelsea boss turned down Ronaldinho to sign Drogba

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Mourinho did not fancy Ronaldinho in 2004
Mourinho did not fancy Ronaldinho in 2004.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to sign Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho in 2004 - because he wanted Didier Drogba instead.

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter writes in the Daily Mail that Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was desperate to bring the Brazil international to Stamford Bridge a decade ago, when the playmaker was approaching the peak of his powers.

However, Mourinho rejected the chance to sign the flamboyant South American, who went on to win the 2005 Ballon d'Or award, as he was convinced that Drogba was a better fit for his system.

Although Ronaldinho briefly established himself as the best player on the planet, it's difficult to argue that Mourinho made a poor decision.

Drogba, of course, would cement his status as one of the greatest players in Chelsea's history, scoring 157 goals in 341 matches.

And, fittingly, his final kick of a ball for the Blues resulted in the west London outfit winning the Champions League title for the first time in their history.

Did Mourinho make the right decision? Would Ronaldinho have become a Chelsea legend?

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