Cristiano Ronaldo Snubbed Huge PSG Approach, Admits Leonardo

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 09:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 9, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain have revealed they failed in their major attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo while his situation at Real Madrid was looking uncertain during the summer.

That's according to the club's former sporting director Leonardo, who is reported by Telefoot (h/t EPSN's Dermot Corrigan) as saying that the forward's loyalty to Los Blancos was ultimately what kept him at the Bernabeu.

NYON, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 15:  Leonardo, Paris Saint-Germain Sporting Director looks on after the UEFA Champions League quarter finals draw at the UEFA headquarters on March 15, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

The former Brazilian international is quoted by the French outlet, commenting: 

We did everything possible, but it was impossible because of Real Madrid. He did not want to leave. It was mission impossible. He told us that PSG was a great team, but that he preferred to stay at Madrid.

Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, [Franck] Ribery… they are always the dream. If you see a possibility with them then you always try for it. I would have preferred to get Ribery.

This year's Ballon d'Or award could help prove Leonardo right regarding his preference to sign Ribery over Ronaldo or Messi.

However, his revelation of PSG's approach for Ronaldo proves the player's commitment to Real is concrete.

Just this summer, amidst the swirling reports that Ronaldo could pack up his bags and leave the Spanish capital, the Madrid superstar put pen to paper over a new five-year deal with the club worth a reported €20 million a year, per Corrigan's report.

PSG's wealth has seen them go in for many a world talent in recent years, and the Parisian outfit now boast one of the most fearsome lineups in Europe.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos are just some of the big-money acquisitions that Laurent Blanc's side have made in recent years.

However, Ronaldo's firm rejection of the French giants would serve as evidence that money can't buy you everything, or at least not the best of the very best.

Ronaldo: As loved at Real as ever
Ronaldo: As loved at Real as everDenis Doyle/Getty Images

Ronaldo is currently on the 23-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or and is expected to be one of the three finalists named on Monday (Dec. 9) before finally making a run at breaking Lionel Messi's four-year monopoly of the trophy.

It now looks as likely as ever that the Portuguese captain will finish his playing days in Madrid, although one should never say never when it involves the former Manchester United star.