Lionel Messi keep­ing eye on Cris­tiano Ronaldo’s sit­u­a­tion at Real Madrid

Tehran Times - - SPORT -

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.”

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