Former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Quieroz has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson secretly agreed to sell Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid a year before the transfer went through, reports the Express.
In fact, Quieroz - who is currently the manager of the Iran national side - has revealed that the transfer was agreed in his home amongst his family.
Quieroz insisted that he managed to bring Ronaldo and boss Sir Alex Ferguson to his home, as the pair discussed the future deal.
The former United assistant said: "Look, for example, the decision to open Manchester United’s doors for him to go to Real Madrid was taken in my house, amid my family," he said.
"When doubts arose, I managed to bring Alex Ferguson and Cristiano together at my house.
"With the three of us sat down, it was decided that Cristiano would stay another year at United and leave the following year for Real.”
Ronaldo, of course, completed his move to the Bernabeu the following year for a then world record fee of £80 million. And the superstar has rarely looked back, proving himself on the elite stage of European football time-and-time again in the white of Madrid.
The Portuguese superstar has been linked with an Old Trafford return in recent time, with Manchester United fans desperate to see him return to the club. The Red Devils haven't been afraid to splash the cash in the Louis van Gaal era, but the signing of Ronaldo would prove quite the coup for the club.
Manchester United fans will be handed the opportunity to watch Ronaldo star in England tomorrow evening, as Madrid travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The World Footballer of the Year will be hoping to star once again on English soil as Real Madrid look to make it back-to-back European titles under Carlo Ancelotti.
United will certainly be jealous of Ronaldo and Co. tomorrow evening, with the club not involved in European competition this term.