Barcelona’s ace defender Ronald Araujo reportedly turned down some Premier League heavyweights before joining Blaugrana.
Ronald Araujo has emerged as one of Barcelona’s most crucial players, and his performance against Real Sociedad on Sunday showcased his value. In the 93rd minute, the Uruguayan defender scored a powerful header, securing a hard-fought victory for Barcelona and earning three vital points.
Araujo’s development as a top-class central defender has made him immensely popular among teammates and supporters alike. His love for Barcelona is evident, as demonstrated by his decision to reject a move to the Premier League in 2022 and remain in Catalonia.
According to Sport, Araujo received lucrative contract offers from Liverpool and Chelsea when his previous deal with Barcelona was nearing its end. However, he turned down those offers and opted to sign a new contract with Barcelona, accepting significantly less money than he could have earned in the Premier League.
If Araujo continues his trajectory and remains with Barcelona for the majority of his career, he has the potential to become a cult hero at the club. He could eventually be mentioned in the same breath as Barcelona legends such as Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol.