‘Some agents are dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus’: Rivaldo claims plans are being hatched to unite old rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in same team at long last with Barcelona superstar considering his future at the club
Lionel Messi could end up making a sensational move to Juventus to play alongside old rival Cristiano Ronaldo next summer, according to Barcelona icon Rivaldo, amid reports that the Argentine is deeply unhappy at the Nou Camp.
With the Catalan giants in turmoil, Spanish radio station Cadena SER reported that Messi would see out his £500,000-per-week contract at the club before moving on next summer.
Messi is deeply unhappy with the club’s current hierarchy, following the sale of Arthur and the club’s half-baked attempt to re-sign Neymar from PSG.
Lionel Messi (L) could end up playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (R) at Juventus, says Rivaldo
Barcelona icon Rivaldo believes agents are already dreaming up Messi’s move to Turin
And Rivaldo claims a move to Turin is already being dreamed up, creating one of the most star-studded attacks in footballing history.
‘With all this speculation, I believe that some agents are already dreaming about a Messi-Ronaldo double at Juventus and how big it will be around the globe,’ Rivaldo told Betfair.
‘If that happened there would be a world “boom”, and I believe Juventus would quickly recover any investment on the Argentinian thanks to the boost they would get from visibility and marketing.
‘It would be historical to see both playing together and I’m sure many Juve sponsors would love to help financially, so, it’s also a possibility for Messi.
Rivaldo believes the move is a ‘possibility’ which would see Ronaldo welcome his rival to Juve
‘If there are rumours about his exit, then of course every club will be thinking about how they can sign him.
‘That said, the two best players in the world for the past 10 years playing at the same club would be massive.’
Should Messi decide to leave the Nou Camp, another potential destination would be Etihad – a move that would see Messi reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola.
‘If he is considering leaving the club, then something mustn’t be good in the Barcelona dressing room and perhaps he is tired with all the constant problems that have surrounded the club in the last few months,’ Rivaldo added.
Messi could be tempted by a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola (right) at Man City
‘When Messi’s contract ends, he will be 34, but with his class I think he could still easily play in Premier League.
‘It will be sad to see him leaving Barcelona once his contract ends eventually, but I still hope that he can stay for now.
‘Despite his connection to the club, he has the right to move if he wants and reuniting with Pep Guardiola at City will be tempting for him, as the two of them formed a great coach and player partnership at Barca.’
However, a move away from the Nou Camp is very unlikely.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Messi will see out his £500,000-per-week deal
Messi is reportedly fed up with the current regime at Barcelona but could stay should Quique Setien, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal all leave by next summer
While Messi is fed up with how the Catalan club is currently run, there are huge doubts that he’s already decided what he will do in 12 months’ time.
With the club’s presidential elections set to take place next year at the latest, Messi’s unrest will be used as a political move designed to usher the current board towards the exit.
Promise of a new project and a new hope could be enough to keep the talismanic forward at the Nou Camp, as he continues his hunt for another Champions League trophy.
If the club are unable to persuade Messi over their new winning ‘project’ before his contract is up, then it would signal an end of an era for the Argentine in Catalonia.