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“I will retire if Messi wins the Ballon d’Or,” this is how Cristiano Ronaldo spoke in 2019 about his arch-rival, Barcelona’s captain at the time, when he was playing at Juventus.
Thierry Marchand, the French journalist and former head of the European football section of the famous French newspaper “L’Equipe”, which presents the Golden Ball award, has published a book dealing with the biography of Ronaldo.
Marchand Ronaldo met nine times to talk to him together about things in his career and life to publish the new book about him.
Here, the newspaper “L’Equipe” revealed two parts of the book to promote it. The first is Ronaldo’s threat to retire if Messi wins the Ballon d’Or.
And the second confession, which was surprising, according to the journalist, is Ronaldo’s love for the idea of joining Paris Saint-Germain.
Threatening to quit
Until 2019, both Ronaldo and Messi won the Ballon d’Or five times each.
The French journalist pointed out that Ronaldo did not hate Messi and said: “It is very easy to remain in your bubble when you are successful.”
The journalist pointed out that Ronaldo did not explicitly say Messi’s name, and their conversation was in 2019, that is, two years before the Argentine left Barcelona after the end of his contract and joining Saint-Germain.
Cover of the book that deals with Ronaldo’s personal life
Ronaldo continued, “As I always did, look, I dared and moved to Tonrio to change the club, the championship and the culture of football. I put myself at risk. I took the risk. I’m sure it’s the reason I lost the Ballon d’Or last year.”
Ronaldo added, “I don’t regret anything, but….”
The journalist commented on the conversation in the book, saying: “Obviously a word but it meant that of course he was sorry for his move to Juventus.”
The journalist added, “I felt the height of the talk, but I was still surprised when Ronaldo said, to his dismay: If Messi wins the Ballon d’Or this year, I will quit football.”
The journalist added, “The accusation was as surprising as it was violent, that sentence meant that the Argentine’s victory was really unbearable for him and that this would put an end to the hope present with him everywhere to overtake him in the Golden Ball.”
Messi won the Ballon d’Or in 2019 and 2021, raising the number of his awards to seven, compared to five for Ronaldo.
Ronaldo did not retire, but left Juventus in 2021 to move to his former club, Manchester United.
Moving to Saint-Germain
Ronaldo blew up another surprise that surprised the French journalist with his love for the idea of moving to Paris Saint-Germain.
And the journalist said, I asked him a question and said: “Cristiano, when do we see you in Paris?”
And Terry Marchand added, “I knew that Ronaldo loves the capital and that he travels incognito to it during the holidays. I was sure that he dreamed of calling him there again to get the sixth Ballon d’Or. His answer seemed like a promise, but it is not in the way I expected.”
Ronaldo with the French journalist during their conversation
Ronaldo answered the question, saying: “The door is open.”
And he added, “With the Portuguese from the Paris region, the club can fill the stadium. I see myself in the Parc des Princes in front of 50 thousand Portuguese, that would be wonderful.”
What Ronaldo said surprised the journalist so much that he said: “If Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the owner of Saint-Germain, was in the room that night, and if he only had a piece of paper with him, he would hand it to Ronaldo to get his signature and make him a player in his team.”
And Marchand added, “It was very easy and almost unrealistic, for five minutes Ronaldo boasted of the magic of the Parisian club because perhaps none of the club officials were able to do it.”
The journalist continued, “The entire catalog was here, Paris was rich and there was ambition, and the club owns Neymar and Kylia Mbappe, two players whom Ronaldo loves, and Paris witnessed his crowning of the Euro 2016 title with Portugal, and Paris will necessarily offer him the new Golden Ball award.”
“In the Taola restaurant in Turin, Italy, Ronaldo loudly announced the lively love letter to Saint Germain,” the journalist concluded.
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