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Barcelona legend reveals that Real Madrid tried to sign him – twice

Carles Puyol

The former Barça captain retired in 2014 after becoming synonymous with the club during almost 20 years at Camp Nou. 

Puyol led Barcelona to six La Liga, two Copa del Rey and three Champions League titles during his playing career.

However, things could have gone differently if he had been seduced by approaches from the Spanish capital, which he claimed came in 2001/02 and 2004/05.

"Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho as their new coach and he wanted me and Ronaldinho," Puyol told TV3, in reference to the second approach.

"They tried to sign me on those two occasions, but I was at the best club in the world and wanted to win titles there. So I stayed."

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