KEY POINTS

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is currently with Juventus
  • He has been linked with a move away for a long time now
  • Ronaldo and Messi have dominated soccer for over a decade now

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are reportedly planning to sign Cristiano Ronaldo when Kylian Mbappe leaves the club in the summer of 2022. 

PSG have decided not to sell Mbappe in the ongoing summer transfer window. But since they are aware that the French forward has made his mind to leave, the Ligue 1 club is preparing to let Mbappe depart to Real Madrid for free next summer, reported Spanish publication Diario AS

Having already aced the signing of free agents this summer, PSG are looking to pull off another blockbuster free signing in terms of no transfer fees in 2022. While they will let Mbappe leave as a free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season, PSG want to land Ronaldo from Juventus for free. 

Apart from Lionel Messi, PSG have signed three more talented free agents this summer: Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool FC, Euros 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi has always publically spoken about teaming Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo at his club some day. By securing Messi this summer, Al-Khelaifi is closer to his dream. The front three of Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo would be the 2015 Ballon d'Or podium. Messi won that edition with 41.3% of the votes cast. Cristiano was second with 27.7% and Neymar finished third with 7.8%. 

The rivalry between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came to define La Liga as much as that between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Ronaldo left in 2018 The rivalry between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came to define La Liga as much as that between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Ronaldo left in 2018 Photo: AFP / Josep LAGO

Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, is believed to be aware of the situation and PSG could lure the Juventus star to move to Paris with a two-year contract, according to sports media outlet Givemesport. If so, Ronaldo would join PSG at 37 years old and would leave just shy of his 40th birthday. He would have an option of ending his career at PSG or subsequently head to the U.S. or Qatar for a few years before calling it quits. 

Meanwhile, Messi met his new teammates, including Ramos and Mbappe, Thursday during his first training session at PSG. 

Soon after PSG announced Messi's signing, the Argentina national was warmly welcomed by Ramos on social media. Ramos posted two shirts side by side with their names to welcome his former El Classico rival. He captioned the post, "Who was going to tell us, right @leomessi? Welcome!" 

Ramos is set to join the special list of players who have played with both Messi and Ronaldo. The former Real Madrid captain spent nine long years with Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabeu and now, the Spaniard is set to start a new chapter with Messi at PSG.