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'Cristiano Ronaldo convinced me to snub Arsenal'

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Pin Rafael says Cristiano Ronaldo convinced him to join Manchester United. AFP
Rafael says Cristiano Ronaldo convinced him to join Manchester United. AFP

'Cristiano Ronaldo convinced me to snub Arsenal'

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Former Manchester United defender Rafael has revealed that a chat with Cristiano Ronaldo convinced him to snub interest from Arsenal and join Manchester United back in 2007.

Rafael and his twin brother Fabio moved to Old Trafford from Corinthians, having been involved in a transfer tug-of-war between United and Arsenal.

Whilst the Lyon defender insists that he and Middlesbrough man Fabio were already leaning to wards United, he admits that a brief conversation with a certain Cristian Ronaldo helped seal the deal.

"[Cristiano] Ronaldo called us and asked us to join United," Rafael told 'ESPN'.

"He knew that Arsenal wanted us too, but we had given our word to United, and my parents said that was important. Nani was also there and the Brazilian Anderson, of course. Those three helped me, my brother and another Brazilian Rodrigo Possebon a lot because we couldn't speak any English."

Rafael spent seven years with United, before moving to his current employers.

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