Roa Snubbed Man United Transfer Over Thought World Would End In 2000


Former Argentina national team first choice goalkeeper Carlos Roa turned down the chance to join Manchester United because he thought the world was about to end in year 2000.

United struggled to replace legendary Danish shot-stopper Peter Schmeichel when he retired in 1999 but had eyed Roa who was with Mallorca then.

Roa had helped Argentina dump England out of the 1998 World Cup in France by denying David Batty and Paul Ince in their last-16 penalty shootout.

But he dramatically retired at the age of 30 to join a religious retreat with his Seventh-day Adventist church amid prophecies of doom for the new Millenium.

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Roa told the Mirror: “At that time I was very attached to religion and Bible study. It was a difficult decision to make but at the same time thoughtful – and my family agreed with me.

“Certain things happened that will never be known because they are personal and I could only speak to the most intimate…

Source: Complete Sports