Former Liverpool head-coach Gerard Houllier has revealed that the Merseyside Reds wage structure was the reason why they failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2003.
The French manager has been in charge of Liverpool at Anfield between 1998 and 2004, and he kept a close eye on Portuguese winger back in 2003 as he impressed at Sporting Lisbon.
However, the French manager believed that Ronaldo’s salary demands were too high and he ended up with signing Harry Kewell instead of him.
“I saw him in the Toulon Under-21 tournament, and we went for him,” Houllier told the Liverpool Echo. “But we had a wage scale and we weren’t paying the sort of salary he wanted.
“Then Manchester United played a friendly against Sporting Lisbon, and all their boys said to Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘you have to sign him’.
“But I agreed with not breaking the wage structure. I thought it would cause problems in our dressing room.
“Maybe we would have won the title with Ronaldo, but we had Harry Kewell, who was outstanding at the time and was very hungry but got a bad injury.”
This transfer revelation will be a huge blow for Liverpool fans as Portuguese superstar is one of the best players in history proving it every day helping last season Real Madrid to win the La Liga and Champions League titles.
Ronaldo now has four Ballon d’Or trophies and planning to win his fifth this term, Portuguese forward has netted over 600 career goals, helping his country to win Euro 2016 title.