​Italian giants ​AC Milan reportedly were looking to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from ​Real Madrid back in 2017 with then chairman Yonghong Li keen to bring the Portugese superstar to the San Siro as they looked to put the club on the world map once again.


According to El Mundo and as reported by ​Corriere Della Sera, the Milan officials did not meet with any of the Madrid officials but their chief executive Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli met Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes regarding a potential deal.




The 33-year-old was to be paid 300 million before tax over five years, the same net 30m he is paid by Juventus with the total investment in the player said to be amounting to 500m. Li and the officials thought about the move but came to the conclusion that it would just be too expensive to sign Ronaldo, considering that they had already spent 200m on transfers that season.


Li was reportedly enthusiastic about the revenue Ronaldo would not only bring in Italy but also from China, however their financial issues with UEFA made such a deal appear unrealistic. While it is unlikely that Ronaldo would ever move to Milan, it shows that he was willing to make a move away from the Bernabeu as early as last season.