Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a shock transfer to Barcelona, where he could link up with Lionel Messi.
The Real Madrid legend is currently at Juventus where he is contracted until the summer of 2022, but he has been linked with a move away from Italy and potentially back to Spain.
Juventus failed to win the Serie A title for the first time in 10 years last season and Ronaldo wants out.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are among the top teams in Europe linked with Ronaldo’s signature, but Barcelona have emerged as a surprise destination for Portugal international.
Reports from Spain suggest Barcelona president Joan Laporta is keen to get one over Real Madrid by pairing two of the greatest players of the generation before they both call time on their careers.
The transfer is still a long way off given Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendez is not currently in touch with Barcelona.
Not only this but Ronaldo may not want to burn all his bridges at Madrid by signing for their bitter El Clasico rivals.
The big attraction for the football neutral and the alleged motivation behind Laporta’s interest is the idea of seeing Ronaldo and Messi line up together in the same team.
Over the years the pair have been rivals with Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Messi at Barcelona.
But despite them always being in different colours, the pair have a strong mutual bond and this may go in Barcelona’s favour should they need to convince Ronaldo to join.
Ronaldo has previously said of Messi: “We have shared the stage 15 years. I don’t know if that’s happened before – the same two guys on the same stage all the time.
“Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven’t had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future.
“We had that battle in Spain. I pushed him and he pushed me as well. So it’s good to be part of the history of football.”
Messi later responded: “We might not be friends because we’ve never shared a dressing room together but I always see him at award shows and there’s no problem.
“I don’t know if there will be a dinner because I don’t know if our paths will cross for obvious reasons, each one of us has our own life and our own commitments. But obviously, I would accept the invitation.”
Ronaldo was asked about Messi a year later and had equally kind things to say about the Argentine.
“I have always had a cordial relationship with Messi,” Ronaldo told Movistar, via ESPN. “As I have said before, for 12, 13, 14 years [I have been] sharing prizes with him.
“I never saw him as a rival. He always tried the best for his team, and I tried the best for mine. I always got on well with him. I am sure he will say the same if you ask him.
“But we know in football, people always look for a rivalry to create more excitement.”