Bayern Munich did not consider a move for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 as they had no need to land the Portuguese with Robert already on their books, says Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
A stunning switch away from Real Madrid was made by a five-time Ballon d’Or as he sought out a new challenge.
After nine record-setting years in Spain, Ronaldo decided that he needed to spread his wings once more.
Juventus eventually won the race for his signature, with the 35-year-old going on to star for them across two Serie A title-winning campaigns.
Few sides could offer the sporting and financial packages required to pull off such a deal, but Bundesliga giants Bayern would fit into that category.
They are, however, famed for their considered approach to recruitment and, with their attack already loaded with goalscoring talent, Rummenigge says an approach for Ronaldo was never considered.
Bayern’s CEO told Tuttosport:
“We had, and still have, Lewandowski. We didn’t need a striker like Ronaldo.
“But Juventus did very well, [Andrea] Agnelli landed an extraordinary blow.
“It has been a successful purchase from all points of view. CR7 scored a lot and in important games. And thanks to his global image, he made Juventus grow commercially.
“The name helps, but quality must always be there too: Cristiano Ronaldo has it all.”