Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson came close to signing both Ronaldinho and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, according to the Daily Star.
The United boss reportedly wanted both men at different points over the last two decades, but for one reason or another the negotiations fell through.
According to various sources, Fergie tried everything he could to bring Ronaldinho to Old Trafford, having failed to sign Vieira in the 90s.
It is believes that in 2003, following the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid, Ferguson had a €25million offer accepted by Paris Saint-Germain for then-emerging star Ronaldinho, but it fell through at the eleventh hour, only for the Brazilian playmaker to join Barcelona in a €27million deal.
To make matters worse it has emerged that Ferguson was chasing Patrick Vieira whilst the Frenchman was in the early stages of his career, and even ordered then-chief executive Peter Kenyon to call Arsenal with a view to enquire about his availability.
However negotiations never got going and the United boss was left to ultimately rue what could have been one of the best signings of his tenure.