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In what seems like a controversial admission, CR7 has claimed not to have known current Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele prior to his arrival at the Nou Camp.

The Portugal international was said to be confused as to who the former Borussia Dortmund star was when he arrived at Camp Nou

Cristiano Ronaldo did not know who Ousmane Dembele was when Barcelona signed him in the summer, and claims that he only joined the Catalan club to play with Lionel Messi.

Dembele played one full season for Rennes in Ligue 1 after graduating from the club’s academy in 2015-16 before catching the eye of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Thomas Tuchel, then in charge at Signal Iduna Park, sanctioned a five-year deal for the young France attacker in view of him leading the club’s next generation of players.

Dembele played just one season in Germany before leaving for Barcelona, however, with the Liga outfit spending €105 million for his signature with an additional €40m to be handed over in add-ons.

But Ronaldo was said to be confused as to why Barca had handed over such a significant amount of money for a player who was relatively unknown to those in Spain.


The Real star is said to have asked “who is that?” when Dembele completed his move to the capital side’s Clasico rivals, according to a report from Spanish publication Dairio Gol.

Ronaldo did, however, play against Dembele twice last season as Real defended their Champions League crown.

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