Liverpool Nearly Signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Says Former Manager Gerard Houllier

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has revealed he was prevented from signing Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2003 because of the Anfield outfit's wage structure. 
The Frenchman said he felt the Liverpool dressing room could have been adversely affected if the 18-year-old Ronaldo's wage demands were met, while he was confident at the time in new signing Harry Kewell's abilities, per Paul Gorst in the Liverpool Echo:
"I saw [Ronaldo] in the Toulon under-21 tournament and we went for him. But we had a wage scale and we weren't paying the sort of salary he wanted. Then Manchester United played a friendly against Spo...
 

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