Certain speculations emerged in Europan media today, suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo might join Lionel Messi in PSG. On the other hand, Kylian Mbappe will supposedly leave Parc des Princes.
It seems that the Saints’ chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has a plan to pair two of the best players in the world over the past decade and for a super team that would be the No.1 favorite for winning trophies in all the competitions.
However, there is one catch – Ronaldo wouldn’t be able to land in Paris before next summer. The Portuguese has one more year on his contract with Juventus, who isn’t willing to let go of its best player.
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All this started after recent problems in Paris, with Mbappe refusing to sign a new deal, indicating his desire to move from PSG and continue his career in Real Madrid. Sources from within the club claim that the young French star wasn’t happy after Saints declined Real’s offer this summer, and was further upset when Messi joined the team.
We still don’t know why Mbappe reacted like this, but certain rumors suggest he always wanted to play for Real, who is now desperate for a new leader. It is quite possible that the 22-year old spotted a chance to establish himself as the biggest star of the most successful team in the world, without needing to share the publicity with other big names like Neymar and Messi.
According to well-informed pundits, the chance for Mbappe to stay in Paris beyond summer 2022, is minimal, because he can choose a new team as a free agent.
Khelaifi plans to replace the youngster with Ronaldo, who will also be a free agent. It would bring together two of the biggest rival in this era, making PSG arguably the most popular team globally. Not only would the Saints have realistic chances to win every competition in which they participate, but from a financial aspect, the Parisians would receive major income from TV and other marketing rights.
For example, the team earned more than $50 million in the first few hours since releasing Messi’s jersey with No.30. The projections are suggesting that this revenue could surpass $200 million in the first week alone.
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With Ronaldo, that will happen once again, as we all know that he might be an even greater magnet in certain aspects of marketing than Messi.
Yet one thing is working against PSG here. Ronaldo has 36 years, while on the other side, Mbappe is 22. The time works in favor of the younger French striker, who is at the beginning of his career. Meanwhile, despite being in impeccable form, Ronaldo won’t be able to play at the highest possible level for too long, and we might expect his decline in the near future. Plus, the Portuguese wants to get back to Sporting Lisboa, his boyhood club, and finish the career where he started it.
For closing the article, we want to mention that Messi’s debut is expected on Saturday at Parc des Princes, where PSG hosts Strasbourg.
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