Former AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone reveals Cristiano Ronaldo interest

Former AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone has revealed that the club had made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo regarding a move to the Rossoneri last summer. The Portugal international parted ways with Real Madrid after nine seasons last year and he has since joined Juventus, where he has been a success with 28 goals during his debut campaign.

Speaking to Sportitalia, Fassone revealed that the Rossoneri had sought to make a potential move for Ronaldo last summer and the player himself was open to the idea of joining the club. However, he added that the move never materialised with a change in ownership meaning that there was an overhaul at the hierarchical level of the club.

“The president wanted Cristiano Ronaldo, but the figures told us this was inadvisable,” Fassone told Sportitalia. “Ronaldo was open to evaluating the opportunity, as Milan are a famous club and there was enthusiasm around us. However, we never went beyond some internal calculations and seeing if he was potentially open to it.”

The Rossoneri were in a good position to make the top four last term but a winless run between March and April meant that they finished fifth with Atalanta qualifying for their maiden Champions League campaign. The San Siro giants have since agreed to voluntarily suspend themselves from the Europa League for the 2019/2020 campaign and that has permitted them with another year until June 2021 to break even with the finances.

Elsewhere, Juventus have gone from strength to strength and they are in a much stronger position than the previous campaign. The Bianconeri have won the league title for the past eight seasons and there is every chance of the streak continuing following the arrivals of some of the big names in Europe. Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Matthijs de Ligt are some of the high-profile recruits this summer.