Lionel Messi keeping eye on Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation at Real Madrid
BARCELONA star Lionel Messi is reportedly monitoring Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation at Real Madrid because he wants more money than his La Liga rival.
Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid is currently uncertain beyond this summer, with the 32-year-old supposedly ready to quit Spain after being accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.
The forward has been sensationally linked with a move to Manchester United, while Express Sport understands Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich would love to see Ronaldo plying his trade at Stamford Bridge next term.
Ronaldo and Messi have longed vied for the individual awards football has to offer, sharing the Ballon d’Or award between them every year since Kaka won it in 2007.
While they have a professional respect for each other, both players are always aiming to outdo the other by firing Barcelona and Real Madrid to silverware along the way.
And Spanish outlet Don Balon claims Messi is ready to demand more money from Barcelona if Ronaldo ends up signing a Real contract extension.
The Argentina international’s own time at the Nou Camp is uncertain with his current contract expiring in 12 months time.
The report claims that, while Messi intends to stay at Barcelona, he is ready to throw a spanner into the works by requesting a higher salary than Ronaldo if the Portugal star stays put.
It is said the 29-year-old is still smarting at missing out on La Liga and the Champions League to Ronaldo and wants to outdo him behind the scenes as a result.
Somewhat sensationally, Don Balon also suggest Ronaldo’s strop could be because he fears Messi is about to financially outdo him.
Speaking earlier this month, Real chief Florentino Perez admitted he was determined to prevent his star asset quitting the Bernabeu.
“Ronaldo is a Madrid player, we’re delighted with him, [but] there was a story in the paper that said he was annoyed with the treatment given to his tax issue,” he said.
“I think the best thing for him and Madrid is for him to stay: we’ll see what happens.
“Right now, Cristiano is a Real Madrid player and something very strange would have to happen for him not to be, and I am not [even] contemplating that.”