What the papers say: Ronaldo almost became an Arsenal player

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The Sun - I could only seduce Ronaldo’s mum!
ARSENE WENGER’S Gallic charm seduced Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum but not the superstar himself.

The Mirror - Arsene Wenger reveals how Manchester United beat Arsenal to Cristiano Ronaldo's signature
GALLIC charmer Arsene Wenger last night joked he wished he had won over Cristiano Ronaldo like he seduced the player's mother. The new Ballon D'Or winner has revealed he was within "an inch" of joining the Gunners in 2003 after meeting Wenger three times.

The Daily Mail - United cash beat Wenger charm, says Arsenal boss over Ronaldo
Gallic charm can get you only so far in football, as Arsene Wenger knows to his cost. It is cold, hard cash that makes the difference.

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he came "within a whisker" of signing for Arsenal before eventually joining their Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Times - Arsene Wenger reveals his near-miss on signing Cristiano Ronaldo for Arsenal
It is a thought that must send a shiver down the spine of every Manchester United supporter, but Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has revealed just how close he came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Independent - How Wenger impressed wrong Ronaldo
Arsene Wenger has often hinted at how close he was to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2003 and yesterday he revealed that he got as near as the shirt on the newly-crowned European Footballer of the Year's back.

The Daily Telegraph - Arsene Wenger: I wish I had signed Cristiano Ronaldo for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has had few regrets during his time at Arsenal but he admitted that he wished he had been as persuasive to Cristiano Ronaldo as he had been to the Manchester United winger's mother.

The Guardian - Wenger had won round Ronaldo's mother before United stepped in
Arsène Wenger joked about his prowess as a lothario yesterday but Cristiano Ronaldo will always be the one that got away.

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