CRISTIANO RONALDO almost joined AC Milan before the deal hit the rocks, according to former sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.
The Portuguese superstar made the most high profile move of the summer when he swapped Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus in a £100million deal.
MASSIMO PINCA4 Cristiano Ronaldo had an agreement to join AC Milan
But the 33-year-old's future could have panned out differently if previous owner Li Yonghong hadn't pulled the plug on the move.
Mirabelli admitted that the move wasn't financially feasible but he would be playing in an AC Milan shirt now had the current owners been at the helm.
Speaking to TV channel Sportitalia, he said: "It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes.
"We knew there could be problems with Real and Ronaldo. We did everything, but then the Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable.
Getty – Contributor4 Massimiliano Mirabelli revealed how AC Milan almost signed Ronaldo
Reuters4 Former owner Li Yonghong pulled the plug on the deal over financial concerns
"With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player."
AC Milan were taken over by American hedge fund Elliot Management in July to end Li's one-year spell at the club.
Mirabelli also revealed how they attempted to appoint former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as manager.
He added: "I was proud to have made this choice [appointing Gattuso] because of his professionalism, his seriousness and the love he and his staff put into their work.
AFP or licensors4 Ronaldo moved to Juve from Real Madrid for £100m in the summer
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