Paris-St. Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi said Friday he would like to see superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the French club’s kit.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Al Khelaifi first denied that his club had contacted Ronaldo’s agents about a new contract, and that neither he nor his club had anything to do with the Real Madrid forward’s recent “sadness”.
Ronaldo recently claimed he was upset with Bernabeu officials, but did not elaborate on his reasons.
"If Cristiano is sad it is not because we have been in touch with him," Al Khelaifi said. "If we were interested we would speak to Madrid first. I am not going to talk about other club's players. I respect Madrid and Florentino (Perez) is a great chairman. It is too soon to talk about Ronaldo. He is very professional."
The interview later takes an interesting turn as Al Khelaifi said it would be nice to Barcelona’s Messi and Ronaldo at the Parc des Princes.
"They are the two best players in the world and it would be great to have them both in your team," he said. "They have a unique charm. I like them both."
PSG raided their deep coffers during this summer’s transfer market and signed Swedish power striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Emiliano da Silva from Italian powerhouse AC Milan, and also snatched up striker Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli.
Al Khelaifi and his ownership group, Qatar Sports Investments, purchased PSG a little more than a year ago and in that span have spent £250 million to improve the club.
It seems unlikely that Camp Nou or Real would be willing to part with either of their star player’s, and also add in the new salary rules that will limit cash rich teams from building super team’s like Los Blancos did with Galacticos in the early 2000s.
Considered two of the best players in the world, both Ronaldo and Messi led their clubs to comebacks in Champions League group play earlier this week. Ronaldo fired home the winning goal in the 90th versus Manchester City Tuesday, and Messi netted two goals in the Catalans comeback win against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Recent speculation suggests Real is currently working on a contract extension for Ronaldo that could make him the highest paid player in the world, and Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell said Thursday his club is already ironing out a details to extend Messi’s deal beyond the 2016 season.