Cristiano Ronaldo is on the hunt for a new club after he agreed to part ways with Manchester United.
Both club and player released statements on Tuesday evening confirming that they will be going their separate ways with immediate effect.
Ronaldo failed to secure a move away from Old Trafford back in the summer and was never really close to securing an exit, but without the need to negotiate a transfer fee, you’d think a January transfer will be a bit easier.
One potential destination that has been touted is Paris Saint-Germain, which would allow Ronaldo to link up with long-time rival Lionel Messi.
Could a move to Parc des Princes really happen?
In theory, yes, Ronaldo and Messi could play together for the same club. However, there are various obstacles to overcome if this were to become a reality.
Firstly, there’s a rather large hurdle in the form of PSG’s new transfer strategy. Since Luis Campos arrived as a footballing advisor, the French champions have been targeting younger players with potential instead of big name stars.
PSG would probably be happy to pay Ronaldo’s huge wage, but it would be easier to absorb should they sell one of their current key men.
Reports earlier in the autumn suggested Kylian Mbappe was seeking an exit, while Messi himself has continually been linked with a move back to Barcelona. A slightly more realistic scenario is that Ronaldo will replace Messi as opposed to compliment him.
Ronaldo and Messi featured side-by-side in a Louis Vuitton advert last week, marking the first time they’d ever appeared in such promotional material together before.
During his blockbuster interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo opened up on his relationship with the Argentine.
“He is an amazing player. Magic. Top,” he told Morgan on Talk TV. “As a person, we share the stage for 16 years. Imagine 16 years. So, I have a great relationship with him.
“I am not a friend of him, in the sense that someone who always spends at my house or talking on the phone. But he is like a teammate – a guy I really respect. I like the way he speaks about me.
“Even his wife and my girlfriend, they always respect each other. They are from Argentina. So it is all good. He is a good guy, he does everything for football.”