Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will FINALLY play alongside one another at Paris Saint-Germain next season, according to reports.
Messi was officially unveiled as a PSG player on Wednesday after signing a two-year contract with the option of a third.
During the presser, the 34-year-old expressed excitement at playing in an outrageously talented front three featuring close friend Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
And although president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Mbappe “has no choice but to stay” following the arrival of Messi, AS say PSG expect to lose the World Cup winner next year when his contract at the Parc Des Princes expires.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi assumes that Kylian Mbappé will not renew his PSG contract, but he will not let him go to Real Madrid before 2022.
Mbappé’s replacement has already been decided. It will be Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Juventus contract runs out next summer.
(Source: AS) pic.twitter.com/GOotSUo6xw
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 12, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo will replace Kylian Mbappe at #PSG next season, according to AS.
Both Mbappe and Ronaldo are out of contract next summer and available on free transfers. pic.twitter.com/2UaSpIu6fS
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 12, 2021
Mbappe is widely expected to sign for Real Madrid and the parties have said “I do” to one another in private.
However, the report adds that the Parisians will bring in Ronaldo on a free transfer as his contract at Juventus is up in June 2022 and he is unlikely to commit to an extension.
Ronaldo would be 37 by the time that his deal with Juventus expires but is poised to sign a two-year deal at PSG that would keep him playing at the top level until he is 39.
It’s at this age where the Portuguese superstar would look for a new challenge, potentially in the United States or Qatar, in one final career move before he hangs up the boots.
Record-breakers Messi and Ronaldo have shared the stage at the highest level for the best part of 15 years and change the game with their clutch performances and goalscoring feats.
The prospect of seeing the pair, who have eleven Ballon d’Ors between them, is utterly mouthwatering and something football fans never thought they would see.
If Nasser manages to replace Kylian Mbappe with Cristiano Ronaldo at PSG next season, it will be the most successful business decision in football in the past decade.
PSG sold out 150,000 Messi jersey in 7 minutes last night. Imagine the ticket sales if this goes through. pic.twitter.com/ErIunnu14M
— TF (@TF_898) August 12, 2021
The marketing and commercial possibilities are endless and Messi and Ronaldo as a duo will bring in insane money from shirt and ticket sales.
Reacting to Messi’s move to PSG, Ronaldo texted “ha ha ha” to compatriot Jose Fonte when he jokingly tried to tap him up for Ligue One champions Lille.