Ronaldinho has admitted he was seriously tempted to join Manchester City in the summer before opting to sign for AC Milan.
The 28-year-old former world and European Footballer of the Year was courted by the Citizens throughout the summer, before eventually selecting a move to Italy ahead of the Premier League.
The Brazil forward was offered a lucrative contract to move to Eastlands from Barcelona before the takeover of the club by the super-rich Abu Dhabi United Group.
City subsequently switched their attention to compatriot Robinho, but Ronaldinho has revealed that a move to England did appeal to him.
"My brother (and agent) spoke to Manchester City many times," he revealed.
"Their project is the kind that would interest any player. They could soon be among the best sides in England.
"Lots of brilliant players are heading in their direction and yes, my brother looked properly at their offer.
"But (AC Milan owner) Silvio Berlusconi had been saying for years that he would like to sign me and I felt in the end that it was the right time to say yes."