The former Real Madrid forward has hit the ground running in Serie A, netting nine goals in 13 league appearances this term.
Ronaldo left Spain after nine trophy-laden seasons in La Liga earlier this year.
But according to former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Maribelli, the 33-year-old could have been plying his trade in Italy one year earlier if things had worked out differently.
It was an operation that came to mind and we spoke with Jorge Mendes, we knew he could have problems with Real Madrid, we also talked about the contract and we did everything,” he told SportItalia.
“With the current owners Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a Rossonero player”
“Then the Chinese owner blocked the agreement because it was not sustainable.
“With the current owners Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a Rossonero player.
Speaking about his decision to leave Madrid earlier this summer, Ronaldo said: “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start.
“In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less aft