Argentina World Cup hero Carlos Roa snubbed Man Utd transfer because he thought the world was going to END in 2000 – The Sun

CARLOS ROA refused to cure Manchester United's goalkeeping woe at the turn of the century because he thought the world was about to end.

The Red Devils struggled to replace Peter Schmeichel when the legendary Dane retired in 1999 but had eyed Mallorca and Argentina star Roa.


A year earlier, the shot-stopper dumped England out of the 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 embark upon a religious retreat with his Seventh-day Adventist church amid prophecies of doom for the new millenium.

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 people.

"Many things were said back then out of ignorance and I was branded a thousand bad things.

"The people of the club thought that I was going to go back and that they would recover a lot of money with that transfer that was about to happen."

I left football at the best moment of my career. I could have progressed a lot, with the ­possibility of playing in England."

What might have been may never particularly concern Roa, who insists he does not regret his decision to leave football.

The 50-year-old eventually returned to see out his contractual obligations with Mallorca but his form suffered following the break.

Manchester United, meanwhile, endured a trial and error spell between the sticks as Mark Bosnich, Raimond van der Gouw and Massimo Taibi were all tested during the Premier League title winning season of 1999/2000.

Roa added: “Today, I still think that on a ­spiritual level it was a very good decision.

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