Cristiano Ronaldo: Reports claim Messi effect will spur Portuguese to join Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo: Reports claim Messi effect will spur Portuguese to join Manchester United

- Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus is in doubt as he could leave next summer

- Reports say PSG are favourites to sign the striker, but he might decide to return to Manchester United

- Messi is expected to leave Barcelona to join City next year, which could force Ronaldo to return to England

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily linked away from Italian club Juventus, but a report has suggested that the Portuguese star will likely return to Manchester United because of arch rival Lionel Messi.

PSG have been tipped to get the deal for Ronaldo done in 2021, but new publication by El Grafico, as cited in Soccer Laduma, has suggested that the former Real Madrid man will prefer to return to the Old Trafford.

Messi is very much likely to leave Catalan Club Barcelona as he is already in the final year of his existing contract with the Spanish outfit.

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The Argentine is reportedly in negotiations with Manchester City and that could be a major determinant on where Ronaldo will finally pitch his tent.

During the Messi vs Barcelona board crisis, the multiple Ballon d’Or winner agreed to move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth €700 million (£623 million) with the City Football Group - the same amount as his release clause.

The embattled Barcelona star was said to have agreed to the financial terms over the course of five years that will see him under employ of the City Football Group.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Reports claim the Messi effect will spur Portuguese to join Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo will consider returning to Manchester United according to reports. Photo: Victor Carretero
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It stipulates that Messi will play at Premier League club Manchester City for three years and then another two years at Major League Soccer side, New York City FC also a franchise of the City Football Group.

And despite his transfer U-turn, Messi could finally move to the Premier League club next year.

Ronaldo on the other hand is being eyed by his former teammate and current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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According to the report, CR7 would likely opt to join Manchester United for him and Messi to continue their rivalry.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Barcelona have failed to reach an agreement with their players over plans to reduce their wages for the second time.

The Catalan club is hoping to avoid going bankrupt having been hit by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Reports claim they want their players to take a 30 per cent cut in their wages. And this will help them yank off about £170 million off their wage bill in their quest to remain in business.

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