Agent recalls Rangers bid to sign three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo

Ronaldo scores for Brazil in the 2002 World Cup Final

Rangers were in the hunt to sign Ronaldo, according to his agent.

Ronaldo scores for Brazil in the 2002 World Cup Final

The agent of Ronaldo - dubbed ‘the phenomenon’ by the media - has claimed that Rangers once launched an incredible offer to lure him to Ibrox, Herald Scotland report.

Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best strikers to have played the game, and arguably the only player to have featured for Real Madrid and Barcelona and still be adored by both sets of supporters.

The three-time World Player of the Year had an illustrious career, winning titles in both Italy and Spain while leading his country a World Cup success in Japan and South Korea back in 2002.

Rangers fans

He has played for some of Europe’s best clubs including Italian duo Inter and AC Milan, yet incredibly at the age of 20 he became the subject of an incredible approach from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

"The three who were really interested were Inter, Lazio and Glasgow Rangers, who followed negotiations all the way. The offer from Glasgow Rangers was incredible,” his agent Giovanni Branchini was quoted as saying by Herald Scotland.

"They told us he didn't have to play on a Saturday in the Scottish League. They were desperate to win the Champions League and were going to allow him to play in the European matches only.”

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

Rangers at the time were a big-spending force under Sir David Murray and Ronaldo’s reported unhappiness at Barcelona at the time obviously opened up a potentially groundbreaking deal.

However, Inter Milan instead landed the world’s best player at the time and he went on to enjoy further success at the San Siro before eventually moving to the Santiago Bernabeu with Madrid.

Ronaldo scored an incredible 352 goals in 518 appearances in all club competitions over his career.

General View of Ibrox Stadium

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