• Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly open to team up with former rival Pedro 
  • Juventus, Inter Milan, Newcastle United, and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested to sign Pedro
  • Pedro had a storied seven-year run at Camp Nou before signing with Chelsea in 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo could be teaming up with a former rival soon as Juventus is said to be in close talks to acquire former Barcelona great Pedro Rodriguez. As the discussions could be in the works, the Portuguese superstar is doing his share as he is reportedly playing the aggressive negotiator’s role in “convincing” his ex-adversary to jump over to Turin.

Atharva Khadilkar of Everything Barca wrote an introductory hint which read: “Barcelona’s legendary figure may join forces with a hated personality.”

Citing an account at Don Balon, he then bared that Ronaldo is “playing as a convincing entity to help the Bianconeri in landing the 3-time Champions League winner into Turin.”

Pedro, who currently plays for Chelsea, is rumored to leave the Premier League club this summer with some speculations linking him to a possible reunion with the Catalans.

But rationally speaking, a comeback to the Spanish club may not be an option Josep Maria Bartomeu is willing to take.

“Pedro was linked with a return back to the Camp Nou for a short span, but speaking of it pragmatically, it is unlikely that Josep Maria Bartomeu will spend money on a 31-year-old regardless of his stature within the dressing room and supporters,” added Khadilkar. “With that said, it certainly is a smart decision by the board, but their ex-man may now join a direct European rival.”

Sights of the future look positive for Pedro as he continues to gain interest from several other clubs such as Inter Milan, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. But while it is true that he could not go wrong with any of the teams mentioned, taking the offer to gang up with Ronaldo in Italy still appears to be the most sensible decision to make.

“While Inter Milan, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur continue to be interested as well in him, Pedro’s best option would be to join the Allianz Stadium considering the fact that he is a decorated player and would like to add to his accolades,” Khadilkar continued.

“Juventus have a world-class squad and developments are promised. Not much needs to be said about their domestic dominance and some missing pieces could even see them become the subject of Champions League glory.”

Pedro, 32, created a name for himself during his seven-year storied run at Camp Nou, which included a handful of heated encounters with Ronaldo, who was then suiting up for Real Madrid. Appearing in 321 matches for Barca, the Spanish forward registered 99 goals for the club before signing a deal with Chelsea in 2015.

Pedro of Chelsea
Pedro of Chelsea Getty Images | Shaun Botterill