Cagliari striker Marco Borriello has revealed that he once had Real Madrid and Manchester United looking for his signature.
Borriello, who had to chance to make the high-profile move, instead opted to stay in Italy, where he admits that his career took a turn for the worse.
“I could’ve gone to Real Madrid or Manchester United, but I chose Italy and stayed there with a big club,” Borriello, who hit a four-goal haul in the Coppa Italia against SPAL on his Cagliari debut, told Libero.
“I scored 17 goals in my first season, then in came a new sporting director without getting to know me and said ‘this is a problem’, and [the following] mid-season, I found myself somewhere else.”
Despite being 34, Borriello insists he is still dreaming of earning a recall to the Italy national team.
“The first secret is that I’m really fighting for it,” he said.
“Nutrition has changed my life. I’m better. I remodelled my muscle mass, I weigh seven pounds less than in Rome.”
Borriello has played for 17 different clubs, and has scored just under 100 goals during his 15-year playing career. However, it could have turned out much better had he had opted for the Real Madrid or Manchester United switch.
He did manage to get a taste of English football when he spent part of the season on loan at West Ham. But he never did manage to play on Spanish soil.
Throughout his 15 year career, he only managed to win three major trophies. He helped both Juventus and Milan to lift the Serie A titles in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Borriello also helped Milan win the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2007.
The Italian attacker was known for his great ability in the air and his lethal left foot. Borriello was relatively strong, and hard to take off the ball.