The rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been global in the last 15 years or so. The two players really present a game that entertains football connoisseurs.
Starting when Cristiano Ronaldo was still in a Manchester United shirt, his rivalry with Messi seemed even more interesting when he chose to leave for Real Madrid in 2009.
Since then, Ronaldo and Messi have met directly on the pitch on many occasions. The rivalry between the two has been debated very often, so it is very difficult to imagine the two players being teammates.
However, it turns out that there was an opportunity where Ronaldo almost met Lionel Messi in Barcelona. This was stated by the former president of Real Madrid, Ramon Calderon.
The Sun Launched that Ramon Calderon recently revealed many secrets of his past transfers to one of Spain’s well-known media, the US.
One of them is the secret that Manchester United offered Ronaldo to Barcelona in 2009. Reportedly, Sir Alex Ferguson at that time preferred to see Ronaldo playing at Barca, not at Real Madrid.
Calderon revealed that actually at that time Barcelona had shown their interest in Cristiano Ronaldo, but in the end the Portuguese players chose to leave for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo himself doesn’t have many options. Reportedly in the contract he signed in December 2008, contained a clause that he had to pay a fine of 30 million euros if he joined another club.
In 2009, Ronaldo actually joined Real Madrid through a transfer fee of 96 million euros, the highest at that time. He spent nine years of his career with Los Blancos, winning 4 European Champions League titles including.
Based on Calderon’s comments, it means that there is a possibility that Ronaldo will play with Messi under Pep Guardiola. If that were to happen, Barcelona might have the best squad in the world in that era.
Of course it would be very interesting if Ronaldo joined Barcelona and saw him team up with Messi. However, football fans have been quite entertained by their rivalry for the last 15 years.