According to teammate Leonardo Bonucci, Lionel Messi’s upcoming transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has no impact on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus.
Messi, the 6 Ballon d’Or winner, is expected to complete his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this week after ending his 21-year cooperation with FC Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain of France had previously been linked to teammate superstar forward Ronaldo, who now has a contract with Juventus for the last 12 months. Thanks to Messi’s arrival, any road to the Parcs De Princes is now effectively cut off, and it seems that Ronaldo will stay in Turin at least next year.
However, Bonucci insisted that Messi’s transfer did not affect Ronaldo’s playing position next season. “I think that even if Messi does not go to Paris Saint-Germain, Cristiano will stay,” the Juventus defender told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For us, this is added value. I think this year, compared to recent years, it will help us achieve all of our goals.” Since Cristiano Ronaldo came to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, among the top five players in Europe, only Lewandowski (103) has scored more goals in all competitions than his 73 goals. The Portuguese forward ranked fourth with 83 goals in this period, behind Lewandowski (121), Messi (106) and Kelian Mbappé (97). Although Ronaldo enjoyed another prolific season before scoring, Juventus were fourth in Serie A in 2020\2021. Bonucci, who played the leading role in Italy’s victory in the 2020 European Cup, aims to regain the championship against Inter Milan at the start of the new season. It will start in less than two weeks.
“We want to bring home the Serie A champions, it makes no sense to conceal this,” he said. “When you play for Juventus, it must be the goal of the season, like playing a great game in the Champions League and fighting on all fronts.
“However, personally, my goal is to continue my state of playing an important role in the European Championships and do it again at Juventus.”