Christiano Ronaldo.
Christiano Ronaldo.

  • After signing Lionel Messi, Paris Saint Germain is now reportedly chasing Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • According to Spanish newspaper AS, PSG want Ronaldo to replace Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe next year.
  • "Jorge Mendes, Cristiano's agent, is already aware of everything," said Roncero.
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Just days after securing the historic signing of Lionel Messi, Paris Saint Germain is already eyeing its next big target.

According to Spanish sports newspaper Diario AS, officials at the French mega-club are now looking to bring Messi's great adversary Cristiano Ronaldo to Paris next year.

AS' Tomás Roncero reports that PSG want Ronaldo to replace forward Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to join Real Madrid for free next summer when his contract at Le Parc des Princes comes to an end.

Ronaldo will also be free to leave Juventus next summer for nothing due to his contract running out.

Roncero says bringing together Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar in Paris has long been the dream of PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi - one that is now closer than ever to coming true after the signing of Messi.

"Jorge Mendes, Cristiano's agent, is already aware of everything," said Roncero. "And Cristiano would have extra motivation.

"He would arrive in Paris at the age of 37 and sign for two more years, which would take him to 39, the age at which he is considering taking a step aside or leaving for less demanding football, maybe in the USA or Qatar."

Rumours about Messi and Ronaldo playing together are nothing new, with sporting directors at the world's biggest clubs frequently dreaming of uniting the two best players in soccer history.

Earlier in the summer, the same newspaper reported that Barcelona's president Joan Laporta was close to securing Messi's future with the club, and was already making plans to try and sign Ronaldo to play alongside him.

Messi was tearful upon announcing his exit from FC Barcelona - the club with which he had spent his entire career with - earlier this week.

However, upon signing for PSG, the Argentine has revealed how delighted he was to be playing alongside some of the world's best players.

"It's madness to be able to work with such great players on a daily basis," he said at his first press conference.

"PSG have made spectacular signings on top of the players that were already here. I'm eager to get playing and I'm going to be doing it alongside some of the best players in the world."

The 34-year-old expressed particular excitement about playing with Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, saying: "We wanted to have him for a long time and now it's the opposite - I have come here to play with him.

"He is a phenomenon. The players here are the best in their positions in the world."


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