- Ronaldinho says he had many opportunities to join Chelsea while at Barcelona but rejected it
- The Brazilian also said he could have joined Manchester United but the Spanish giants stole his heart
- The 37-year-old World Cup winner is without a club since leaving Brazilian side Fluminese in 2015
Ronaldinho was one of the most sought-after talents in world football over the summer of 2003 after winning the World Cup a year earlier with Brazil.
The Brazilian had the pick of top clubs around the world as PSG were willing to cash-in.
Despite United's interest in the player at the time to replace David Beckham who was sold to Real Madrid, Ronaldinho chose Barcelona where he would go on to win the La Liga title, the Champions League and the World Player of the Year award.
“I never even thought of that,” Ronaldinho told FourFourTwo when quizzed on the interest from England.
“Yes, I could have played for another club, but I went to Barcelona because of my friendship with Sandro Rosell. I could have played for Manchester United.
“My brother was already studying what I would do after PSG. I was a World Cup winner then, and that opened a lot of doors.
“But when Sandro was elected, I had the chance to see the club and the city, and the choice became easy.”
The former AC Milan star also spoke about interest from Chelsea at various stages throughout his career and a possible move to Blackburn Rovers at one stage.
“I don’t regret not having played in England, but it could have been special because it’s a fantastic league,” Ronaldinho added.
“Chelsea tried to take me there once, and some other teams were interested in signing me, too.
Ronaldinho has been without a club since leaving Fluminense in September 2015 and is now 37 years of age.