Rafa Marquez won everything during his time at Barcelona, making him a legend in Mexico and Spain, but he could have played for Real Madrid.
Marquez left Monaco for FC Barcelona in 2003 after falling out with Didier Deschamps. He then spent seven years in Barcelona, which he left in 2010.
“Sandro Rosell called me. He told me that they were preparing a project [à Barcelone] and that they wanted people like me, ”said Marquez, guest of El Chiringuito.
“I had to fight with Monaco because we were at a good level at the time, we weren’t champions in 2002 but we qualified for the Champions League. Deschamps told me he didn’t want not that I’m leaving.
Not to miss
“I had conflicts because I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to join Barcelona, and that’s where Jorge Mendes came in.”
During his time in Barcelona, Marquez won all the trophies going with the team.
“I am very proud because I arrived at a time when Barcelona did not win trophies. I was part of their reconstruction and I am very proud to have been part of that time,” he recalled.
The former Mexico international was close to joining Real Madrid in his second year at Monaco, but signing Ronaldo Nazario kept him from doing so.
“I was really close [de rejoindre le Real Madrid]… but they were looking for Galacticos. This time it was Ronaldo and my transfer never took place. Fortunately, Ronaldo prevented me from joining Madrid, ”Marquez said about it.