Juventus would have invested the ball of contenders while Lionel Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona. A playable operation for some, unimaginable for others.
They both weigh 11 Ballons d’Or, thus systematically named the best players on the planet for 12 years, with the exception of 2018 when the Croatian Luka Modric was distinguished. Seeing them together under the same tunic is pure fantasy. And yet Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have probably never been so close to playing together.
Corriere della Sera this Friday reported an interest of Juve, where CR7 has been playing for two years, for a Lionel Messi determined to leave Barça after 20 years of good and loyal service. With the adidas equipment supplier to play matchmaker. “Juve is not a track to be neglected, but only on the condition that Leo Messi manages to free himself for free from his current club. The technical sponsor of the player, namely adidas, would not be against a transfer to Turin ”, one can read in the columns of the Italian newspaper.
Cuadrado doesn’t believe it but …
L’Equipe confirms that the Bianconeri, like PSG, have come into contact with Jorge Messi, the father of the Pulga, to take the temperature and start the dialogue. Rivals in the upper echelons of world football, Messi and Ronaldo maintain good relations, nourished by immense mutual respect. And the two phenomena are not incompatible in the field. Yet in Juve itself, some find it hard to believe. “The truth is that I can’t see them both in the same team,” says Juan Cuadrado, who recalls, however, that “no one saw Ronaldo coming to Juventus either and in the end it happened …”
To carry out such an operation, the Old Lady, in deficit of nearly 40 million euros over the past fiscal year but secured with a pharaonic loan of 175 million contracted a year ago, would have to make an inordinate effort at first glance . This after seeing his payroll jump by 71% with the arrival of the Portuguese striker in the summer of 2018. At this time, Lionel Messi seems moreover closer to Manchester City. The presence among the Citizens of Pep Guardiola, Ferran Soriano (executive director) and Txiki Begiristain (football director) gives the British team a clear lead over the competition.
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