The Brazilian has gone down in historical past as one of many best gamers ever to star at Camp Nou, regardless of spending only a single season with the Catalan membership.
Within the 1996-97 marketing campaign, Ronaldo smashed an unbelievable 47 targets in 49 video games in all competitions, making himself an immediate favorite with followers following his transfer from PSV in the summertime of 1996.
Quick ahead one yr and Barcelona’s board have been wanting ahead to extending his keep, solely to see Inter soar in with a world report bid of £19.5 million ($27 million) to take him to San Siro.
And, based on Gaspart, the information took everybody concerned unexpectedly.
“Ronaldo needed to remain at Barcelona, he was joyful and his want was to resume,” the previous chief, vice-president at the moment, defined to Purpose .
“We had even typed out the contract in entrance of the participant himself and his two brokers.
“It was three within the afternoon and we justifiably determined to exit to eat and have fun Ronaldo’s renewal, after which return to the workplace and signal the settlement we had reached.”
Whereas Gaspart and his colleagues have been celebrating Ronaldo’s new deal, nonetheless, the participant’s brokers have been secretly arranging his exit from Barcelona.
“We even toasted with cava to have fun the settlement,” Gaspart remembers.
“That was a mistake as a result of if we had not gone out to eat and had signed on the identical time we reached the settlement, Ronaldo would have stayed at Barcelona.”
Throughout the assembly, Gaspart claims that “one among his brokers went off for half an hour to take a cellphone name”, which occurred to be from Inter president Massimo Moratti.
“At the moment we didn’t pay a lot consideration to the agent’s absence. When he got here again he apologised, had some espresso and toasted earlier than going to the workplace to signal the contract.
“From the primary second we received to president [Josep] Nunez’s workplace, the brokers started to place obstacles up, they instructed Ronaldo to go dwelling and that they’d name him to signal. I requested them if they didn’t need to signal.
“They insisted they did however what they needed was to renegotiate virtually the whole contract, rising the monetary phrases. They have been attempting to destroy the talks.”
Even when Barca agreed to reopen discussions, it turned clear that the participant’s brokers have been holding out for a San Siro change.
“After we managed to renegotiate the 5 factors they requested, they discovered a sixth half, which we additionally solved, after which a seventh,” he said.
“In tears, [Ronaldo] instructed me that he was sorry however his brokers had a significantly better supply than ours and that it was higher for all events for him to go to a different membership to make far more cash.”
The very subsequent day Inter deposited 4bn pesetas ($24m) in La Liga’s accounts to satisfy Ronaldo’s launch clause, making him the second participant after Diego Maradona to interrupt the world switch report twice.
Barcelona, nonetheless, weren’t prepared to let their celebrity go and not using a battle.
“We didn’t agree and I went to FIFA in Zurich to file a criticism towards Inter,” he stated.
“The choice was taken to arrange an arbitration committee to resolve how a lot ought to be paid, not if the participant may go to Inter, it was clear that was going to occur. FIFA agreed with Barcelona and Inter needed to pay an additional 400m pesetas.
“I personally instructed Moratti that what he did was not proper as a result of he knew we have been negotiating and we had closed the operation. He has at all times denied realizing that we had come to an settlement however that is a lie.
“Each time I see him I remind him that Ronaldo didn’t need to go to Inter, it was his brokers who satisfied him because of the cash.”
Regardless of Ronaldo’s swift exit, Gaspart insists that the Selecao star was by no means happier than when he was lining up at Camp Nou – and that he virtually returned 5 years later.
“Ronaldo instructed me [in 2002] that if we equalled Actual Madrid’s supply, he would select Barcelona nevertheless it was an enormous supply and we couldn’t make such an enormous funding for a participant who had left in that approach,” he stated.
“Ronaldo’s coronary heart is extra Blaugrana than Madrid as a result of he has higher recollections of his time at Barcelona.”