If you are unsure as to what I’m referring to, recent rumours have linked both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League. With Pep Guardiola signing a new contract keeping him at the Etihad for another two years, rumours have only grown over the last day or so.
So could we see a last dance between the two greatest players of a generation in England soon?
The rumours, whilst maybe based on a need for a story, do hold some truth it seems. Messi wanted to leave Barcelona all summer, and the only thing keeping him at the club was his £900 million release clause, and his family. For CR7, he has never ruled out a return to Manchester, where his career really kicked off. He keeps close contact with Sir Alex Ferguson, and is repeatedly asked about Manchester United. For Juventus, Ronaldo leaving may not be as big an issue as it appears. He is on a massive wage, and nearing the end of his career especially as a top striker. However, he does continue to shock us with how consistent he has been over recent years.
At Manchester United, they have one want away superstar in the form of Paul Pogba, and this may work in their favour. The frenchman signed for the Red Devils from Juventus for a world record fee, and may fancy a return to his old club. If Manchester United wanted, the Old Lady would surely consider a swap deal between the two clubs.
For Messi, a transfer is on the cards. Barcelona can no longer afford to make transfer mistakes, and the Coronavirus pandemic has hit the entire club hard. But, would Barcã want to lose their poster boy and talisman, who came through the youth ranks at the Camp Nou?
The Argentinian may want to link up with old boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, as the pair won 2 Champions leagues together at Barcã. It also seems that Manchester City’s aim is to win the champions league. Manchester City also have the backing to be able to afford Messi’s astronomical wages, as he is the best payed player in the world.
So, could a “last dance” be possible? Can we realistically hope to see the two greatest footballers of all time play each other in the league again? Chances are only growing day by day, as more and more rumours come out about the pair. A last dance is also sure to bring more TV revenue to the Premier League, as the Manchester Derby becomes the biggest game all season. It also could settle the debate between who is the greatest player of all time.
In the original last dance, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 6th championship win. Its fabled as a great sporting season, and could we have a similar season in the premier league next season? Whilst it would be a great spectacle, the chances of them both joining the league at the same time are slim. But, that being said, we can all dream right?
a Ronaldo Vs Messi season would surely be one of the most entertaining seasons in football, and we at WD would love for it to happen!
So here’s some stats for you to prove why this would be so exciting:
Back when Messi and Ronaldo played on either side of El Clasico, it was the most watched game in the world. Ronaldo Payed off his £100 million transfer within a few days on the back of shirt and merchandise sales. Messi has always played for Barcelona, and may need a new challenge to prove he is the greatest. People who would want to see Messi or Ronaldo in the flesh would sell out stadiums. This would benefit every team in the league, and a title race between the two sides would great.
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By Sam Hutchison